Most animals that do not hibernate have to eat when its like this out. Some of the best white tail deer hunting out side the rut happens on the coldest of fronts ducks and geese also have to feeds in extreme wether conditions.I guess what i am asking is if the bite will still be on if the water temp drops another degree or two rapidly.We are not use to late winter bass fishing here am marking lots of bait and fish but seems like they have lock jaw more than not!Do you eat outside in the winter on a day like today? Do you think any animal or fish is that much different than us? Every fish has what I call an ideal water temp which I find makes them more active and increases your odds of catching the targeted species. But there are almost always fish around that care less about the temp. My ideal water temp for bass is 55. I generally target them in the spring and fall while the water temps are in the 50-63 range then move on to other species.
Thanks that is what i thought but just want it to go on for another week or two!It has been my experience that when fishing outside the ideal water temps the fish become very lazy or as you said lock jawed. They want an easy meal and don't want to expend energy to accomplish that task. Staying warm or cool seems to be more important than eating. I'm not saying they can't be caught, just that the time and effort required can be better used to target other species. As the temps drop tog, ling, and cod turn on. As the temps rise flounder, weakish, tuna, marlin etc turn on. IMO a lot of people get discouraged fishing the wrong species at the wrong time of the year/season. Water temp has everything to do with your sucess or failure and yes 1-2 degrees makes a huge difference when you are at the edge of that species ideal temp.
It has been my experience that when fishing outside the ideal water temps the fish become very lazy or as you said lock jawed.. Water temp has everything to do with your sucess or failure and yes 1-2 degrees makes a huge difference when you are at the edge of that species ideal temp.
I've had decent action in as little as 38-evan the rivers are running at least 39 this year-bass just cant chase your bait down, but if you hit them in the face literally with bait or a slow moving jig they will open their mouth and inhale-...just enough to keep water flowing over their gills, and just enough to bring an occasional bite to eat-also as little as a 1 degree temp rise could turn them on so fish from 3-6pm in brackish or fresh water :thumbsup:
It's all about each species's metabolism. When conditions-water temps-are either under or over each species' comfort zone(especially under)they will eat just enough to stay alive.And when they do decide to eat they will be very sluggish to do so,as to not exert themselves to keep up their strength to stay alive. It's the main reason why any artificial must be fished as slow as possible this time of year,and,why it may be more productive in that it gives the 'caster' more probablities of presenting 'food' near the fish as opposed to bait fishing when your chances are slim as the fish are NOT moving around to save their strength.