Black Bass: This is one of the coldest months of the year and most often bass will be holding to some type of structure such as boat dock pilings, stumps or any rock structure. Pitching jigs or plastic worms around boat docks can be deadly, as are spinner baits and crank baits along a variety of breakwaters and rocks. At this time of year, often the late evening hours can be best since the sun will warm up water temperatures and can boost up the bite and action.
Crappie: Most of the crappie can be caught at this time by fishing deep bridge pilings, brush piles and stumps on the main lake. Your best bait to use will usually be minnows, but small crappie jigs can also work as well. Cold-water temperatures will often bunch crappie up in good numbers.
White Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass: These fish can be found roaming along main lake humps and points in 20’ – 30’ depths. They feed on shad and can be caught by bouncing slab spoons along the bottom or by trolling small pet spoons around these areas.
Catfish: Catfish during this time can be caught along many of the creek and river channels and under the 1097 Bridge in 15’ – 25’ depths. Baiting up these areas with range cubes or milo will help attract these fish. Using dip baits on sponge hooks, chicken liver or shrimp are all good baits to catch these good fighting fish.