During winter and early spring, when daytime water temperatures in the lakes and rivers stay below 45 degrees, I’ve always found the fishing to be tough. I rarely venture out when the temperature are near or below freezing as I like snow but not while sitting in a boat.
Former Fishing League Worldwide professional Jim Taylor, who now guides on Lake Okeechobee, says he it is hard to find and catch fish in cold rain, snow, or when water temperatures drop sharply. Yes, bass will bite in the cold, he says, but because they are cold-blooded their metabolism slows down and they tend to be lethargic. They often hover where deeper water is located, along steep creek channels and river bends or at points jutting out sharply towards the main channel.
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