We use words like “stagnant” and “dead end,” but backwater sloughs can be the overlooked gems of bass fishing. Often, you’ll find several alluring habitat features within a concentrated area, and while it’s not necessarily an end-to-end opportunity, Western pro Jared Lintner knows the bounty can be worth the search.
Given their strategic role during spring spawns and the fall feeding fest, when new groups of fish are constantly reloading, it’s easy to mistakenly relegate sloughs to seasonal particulars. However, Lintner sees a broader picture. “In postspawn, a lot of people think you have to get way offshore and that’s where all the fish go; but there’s a really big population of fish that live shallow year-round,” the California pro said. “I’ve caught them in the dead of winter in the coldest temperatures to the hottest temperatures of summer in 2 feet or less.”
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