Water Temp: 47-48 Degrees
Water Color/Visibility: Stained, 1-2 Ft Visibility
Tide: Started High incoming to Low
I arrived at the delta around 9:30am. I wanted to better my Winter game and learn how the Largemouth Bass react in water below 50 degrees. I was pleased to see how active they were! The surface water temp was around 47 when I started, and I ran to areas that typically held fish during the warmer months and slowly broke it down. What I found was that areas where the bass could get out of the current but have direct access to a flat or drop off with hydrilla were the key in some areas and in others, fallen trees and isolated docks were the key.
If the water is clear I usually throw a jerkbait around weedy areas this time of year and fish it slowly. However, the challenge today was I don’t have confidence in the jerkbait in dirty water. I found an abandoned dock in an area where the river turned but had no direct current at my current tide and immediately got one on a Wacky Rigged Senko Pegged with a Swagger Tackle Pagoda Nail. The bite was very noticeable and aggressive. I stuck around and loaded up 5 more bass from under and around the dock dragging and dead sticking the Senko. The Bass liked the 3-6’ range.
I spent some time searching and figuring things out and found some great activity on submerged trees off the main river current. I couldn’t use my wacky rig without getting stuck over and over, so I adjusted to a Texas rigged worm with a Swagger Tackle 3/16oz worm weight. I drug the worm in and out of the trees and it was the ticket. I got bit left and right on the worm and they were slamming it! Once the tide was close to out I saw an area that looked perfect for throwing a River2Sea Rover. I cast it three times and twitched it slowly with about a 10 second pause in between and a bass came up in 3 ft of water and rolled on it. Not a normal top water hit ha ha. More like a I’m too cold to move but that looks so GOOD type of hit.
If you head to the delta just remember to fish at a slow pace and look for hydrilla, docks, and wood. Areas with less current off the main river with a nearby flat seemed to be the ticket. Baits that have very little action triggered some awesome strikes! I didn’t find anything huge but if you want to have fun with 1-2 lbers this info sure worked! Good Luck, I’ll see you on the water!
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