Did you know that :
– topwater approach is a prime way to target aggressive fish and allthough winter predators are often lethargic, bass are opportunistic feeders, especially large bass, and a meal on the surface is the easiest meal for a big bass in late winter;
– cold water causes fish to slow down, as it will baitfish. That should mean that nor bass or pike would not be willing to chase a lure. Yet, when using a reaction technique, you can get a fish to bite out of impulse, rather than hunger;
-predators gravitate to vegetation because it provides cover, oxygen and food. When grass dies due to shorter periods of sunlight and low water temperatures in winter, the oxygen part goes away. In fact, decaying grass can actually deplete an area of oxygen. Yet, it still provides cover and perhaps food;
-sure, plenty of bass or pike do head deep in the winter, where water temperatures are more stable and can be higher than in the shallows. Yet certain shallows close to the deeep water will offer the warmest water, and that compels predators to feed more often.