A few winter Jig Tips by Randy Walker
It’s winter time and whether you’re fishing lakes, reservoirs or rivers it’s time to slow down. This time of year I personally like fishing jigs and working them real slow. For the Delta or Clearlake, I use both the 3/8 and 5/8 ounce Persuader flippn jig with and without the e-chip and I will also use a homemade hand tied round living rubber jig in the same color combinations. My number one color choice for the winter months on the Delta is black/blue with a matching trailer and on Clearlake it would be brown/purple with matching trailer. When the water temp is really cold, I will usually use a pork trailer for extra action in the cold water, even though working the jig slowly, it seems to help.
For lakes/reservoirs, I use a 1/2 to 1 ounce football jig with and without weed guards depending on targeted depth and cover/structure, with a Yamamoto Spider Grub in either Cinnamon blk/purple flake or Grn Pumpkin blk flake, as these have provided me the most success over the years. Line size of course will depend on depth, structure and cover your fishing, but if I had to choose one size in general it would be 15lb in your favorite brand of fluorocarbon. I feel this is usually strong enough for fishing around cover and allows for better feel and lower stretch when fishing real deep, so I feel it’s a good overall combination.
Winter jig fishing may not get you quantities of fish all the time, but you have a really good chance of getting a quality bass with this bait. One thing that I have learned is not to second guess “the feel”, what I mean by that is if you’re fishing around weeds on the delta for instance and lift up and it feels like you just have a clump of weeds, set the hook! You’ll be surprised how many times there will actually be a fish on the end of that hook set. Besides, setting the hook on a jig is not like setting on a Texas rigged brush hog or paddle tail worm for instance, which can slide down or expose the hook getting you hung up in local cover. You can set the hook on a jig multiple times due to it’s construction and the way the trailer sits on the hook…so set away!
Remember, when you think your fishing a jig slow, slow down even more when winter fishing!…
Good Luck Randy Walker