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Make a Tiny Swimbait Your Winter Go-To

Make a Tiny Swimbait Your Winter Go-To

Wintertime and late fall fishing can be super fun, especially up north, when smallmouths are often fat and fairly grouped up. However, it’s not the time of year when you want a ton of rods on deck, and having a confidence bait or two is a must. For Casey Smith, the go-to winter weapon is super simple: a little bitty swimbait on a jighead. READ MORE »

How to Fish Power Plant Lakes in Winter

How to Fish Power Plant Lakes in Winter

Some of the power-plant lakes throughout the Midwest are borderline legendary. If you live near one or are willing to travel to keep your open-water season alive, Colby Schrumpf’s system could work on just about any of them that have grass. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Lake Amistad

Top 10 Baits from Lake Amistad

Wintertime bass fishing tactics dominated at Lake Amistad in January, as the top finishers relied on jerkbaits, crankbaits, drop-shots, swimbaits and umbrella rigs to get the job done. READ MORE »

Three Tips to Tackle Winter Grass

Three Tips to Tackle Winter Grass

Fish love to relate to drop-offs and contour changes, and that doesn’t change when fishing around winter grass. READ MORE »

Lake Guntersville Top 10 Patterns

Lake Guntersville Top 10 Patterns

Though Rose won with shallow-running crankbaits (and a few other baits), the most dominant pattern in the top 10 was the age-old tactic of trapping grass in the 4- to 7-foot range along Guntersville’s humps, depressions and bars. Six of the top 10 used some kind of lipless rattler in grass to catch their fish. READ MORE »

Milicevic Takes Okeechobee Lead

Milicevic Takes Okeechobee Lead

Day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event presented by Power-Pole featured a parade of big Okeechobee bags. Topping the leaderboard at the end of weigh-in, Gary Milicevic of Labelle, Fla., weighed 25-5 for a 1-10 lead over Robert Beatty, who sacked up 23-11. READ MORE »

Early Winter Trophy Smallmouths

Early Winter Trophy Smallmouths

Unfortunately, for most of us in the North Country, the fishing season is coming to an end. Ice has begun to cover several of the shallow ponds and bays off larger lakes, and it will only be a matter of days before the lakes are completely frozen over and ice fisherman start their yearly ritual. READ MORE »

Fishing Bars with Sam Lashlee

Fishing Bars with Sam Lashlee

One of the most successful fishermen Kentucky Lake has ever seen, Sam Lashlee makes a living guiding and teaching on the Tennessee River reservoir. From time to time, he also fishes a tournament or two, and when he does, it usually goes well. READ MORE »

5 Winter Fishing Safety Tips

5 Winter Fishing Safety Tips

For a lot of people, winter is the time of year when they begin to slow down on their hunting efforts. The boat and tackle have been left in the garage for several months and seemingly are starting to beg for a little bit of attention. Weekly airings of FLW events on NBC Sports do nothing but increase the urge to get back on the water. READ MORE »

Ask a Biologist: Bass Metabolism

Ask a Biologist: Bass Metabolism

Being cold-blooded creatures, bass’ internal temperatures will match the temperature of the water in which they swim. In this way, temperature influences all aspects of a bass’ life, especially its metabolism. Cold water slows the metabolism, which means bass don’t need to consume nearly as much food as they would in the warmer months. READ MORE »

The Bucket List

The Bucket List

I lived my first 25 years in the Midwest, and I used to get horrible cabin fever this time of year. Sitting in front of a television and watching Jimmy, Hank, Roland and Bill catch monster bass on a spinnerbait on every single cast only made it worse. Depleting my bank account buying fishing tackle would give me a short-term fix, but I’d usually have to book a spring or summer “fishcation” to a dream destination to give my mind a bit of hope during those seemingly endless winters. It worked. Gleaned from my various fishing travels over the years, here are 10 places ­– in no particular order – that I’ve fished that I believe should definitely be on your bass fishing “bucket list.” Some are fantastic winter getaways, but other will require you to wait until warmer weather arrives. READ MORE »