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The Surprising Reality of Cold Water Bass Fishing | Underwater Proof

I see this each year when cold water bass fishing in the spring. It is something we cannot forget as we look for bass when the winter is over and spring arrives.

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  1. I grew up in Northwest Indiana. When ice out took place I would take my Go-Devil duck boat out with direct drive mud motor and open up water on shallow grass and mud flats. I'd leave it be for a day or two and come back. I had the whole area to myself as no bank anglers could get to it, and ice was too thin for ice fishermen to get close and obviously glass bass boats didn't want anything to do with that ice. Many times I would enjoy a couple week period fishing shallow open water with fish who hadn't seen open water bait (jerkbaits, finesse cranks and swimbaits) for months. Those are some of my most memorable fishing days in Indiana, I slayed bass, walleye and Musky up in those waters. I think that sun hitting that dark bottom in shallow water draws em in!

  2. Once again, Steve, you and that sub have shown me something new and interesting! I'm not so surprised the bass were seeking warmer water, but for them to be the only things in the area is just uncanny. Not at all what we would expect to see. You'd think the bluegill would want to warm up as well. Perhaps in another area, but that is still very unexpected to see.

  3. I live in south dakota and this video blew my mind…. we are still iced up here but I will keep this in mind as we ice out…. thank u for these absolute great videos…

  4. It seems to me bass love ledges more than anything. Speaking of spring it is wacky worm time. Senko vs. the Maxscent General which one is better Steve ? It seems to me the Maxscent could have about a 10% scent advantage and the Senko could have about a 10% action advantage ?? On YouTube most pros seem to claim the Maxscent is the best, though they may be sponsored more than I think. For the record I do not think the Maxscent ever loses it's sent in the water or out the water. Berkley e-mailed there answer to me and said if left out of the package the Maxscent begins to deteriorate after 6 months.

  5. This is thought-provoking, thank you for continually experimenting with what Bass are doing or not doing. I live in North Idaho, 8:00 this morning it was 4 degrees. Also, you always have a smile and a loving attitude with peace and joy that can only come from within, very much needed in the times we're living in. Thank you for who you are.

  6. I kind of noticed that one day early a couple of years ago, but thought it was a fluke. I’ll check it out this year if we ever get rid of our ice. I chipped 1/4” off my truck this morning. SE Michigan winter just hanging on. Thanks Steve. Love the video footage showing what the bass are doing.

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