WATER’S COLD–you have spinnerbait options.

While our “faculties” are different than black bass, there are some similarities. For example, we might grudgingly respond to the annoying, intermittent beep of a dying smoke detector battery, or the loud, but not-so-rousing car alarm. Of course, we don’t have a lateral line to “feel” impulses through the water, but you may have some sense of it with a cell phone in your pocket on vibrator/alert.

The point being, conditions and proximity affect our response, and the same can be said for bass–especially in conditions of cold, murky water. For that reason, I remind myself that the blade combinations that I counted on when the water temperature was 75 degrees, don’t stir the fish now.

I have to go bigger–number 5’s or 7’s. I’m not trying to match the hatch in January, I want the spinnerbait to act as a reaction bait in the fullest sense of the term. In vibration parlance, that means I want more displacement or movement per spin cycle. Bass can thrive in cold water, but they sometimes need coaxing to strike.

DON’T WAIT–go right to the big #7 and adjust from there…

And there’s more. Just like with your cell phone, you sometimes need multiple rings or alerts to respond. But trolling motors have hurt our productivity in this regard. We now make lots of casts to lots of places–but we have a tough time making multiple casts to the same place.

In winter that hurts you, so unless you employ a Power Pole or a real anchor system, you need to be conscious of holding your boat position. Make three or more casts to each side of a target–not one and done.

Maybe it’s my poor casting accuracy, but I have counted casts on many, many occasions and it was the seventh, eighthย  or even 10th cast to the same spot that drew the strike. That can’t be an accident!

Lastly, if the big blade over-powers the weight of the spinnerbait head, even at a slow retrieve, go heavier. A three-quarter ounce bait matched with a #7 willow and 20-pound line works just fine in less than five feet of water.

Now, do I expect everyone will be that deliberate in their presentations? No, of course not.

But you know what? They won’t catch as many fish.




11 Responses to “Looking for a cold water response?”

Wouldn’t you want to switch to a colorado blade instead of a willow?

by George Kramer

Of course, in a single-spin, that’s an option. We just put together a prototype Phenix deep runner with a 1-ounce head earlier today. We’ll be testing that as well this week. You need a heavier head with a Colorado blade for all the “drag” you get, otherwise, they tend to lay on their side on retrieve.

I need to order some heavier spinnerbaits. Most all I have are 1/2oz. Thanks, George!

Boy, I didn’t realize how hard it is to find 1oz spinnerbaits. I finally found 3 of them on Tackle Warehouse. I will have to change the skirts and one willow blade to a colorado, but it’s okay.

by George Kramer

One-ounce is typically heavy enough to carry a 3 or 3.5 Colorado as well. I just rigged one of each for some side by side fishing comparisons tomorrow.

Good luck tomorrow, George! Where are you fishing?

by George Kramer

Across the street. I bet I’m the only one on 3400 acres… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Soooooo. how did the spinnerbait work out?


by George Kramer

The #7 plus willow moved best, but fish were even more sluggish and didn’t want anything but a spot/drop bait…

My 1oz slow roll spinnerbait didn’t get any takers yesterday. ๐Ÿ™

by George Kramer

But you were prepared if it did matter…