How cold! That thought crosses our heads every couple of seconds when winter comes. The enemy season for fishing enthusiasts. Its freezing temperatures scare fish and fishermen alike, who hopelessly seek refuge from the cold. Because of this, we draw up winter fishing plans that you can put into practice for your benefit.
The first plan is aimed at those hardened fishermen who tolerate low temperatures well and want to take advantage of the solitude of the coasts and reservoirs to try their luck. While the second plan is for those who don’t want to catch a cold and a day of maintenance for the fishing equipment is good for them.
Winter Fishing Plan
Prepare your waterproof clothing or fishing vest and your spinning equipment because we are going fishing.
The most pressing question among fishermen when the cold arrives is usually none other than:
What do you fish in winter? And with good reason since most fish at this time sink to the depths, stuffed with food to survive this period of lethargy. Or in any case, they move south to find more pleasant temperatures. Which leaves us anglers with very few fish options at hand.
The only fish available are whitefish and freshwater fish that can’t go very far, such as carp and trout. Anguilliform fish such as conger eel are also an excellent option at this time since they are not affected by low temperatures.
Useful tips for winter fishing
One of the things that are important to understand is that conditions have changed and that what worked for you in spring and summer is no longer feasible at this time, you will have to adapt so as not to go home empty-handed.
Look for the warmest waters
The water temperature drops much slower than the air temperature, so you should look for those areas that have been in the sun for the longest time. Or in any case, the deeper waters, which still retain the heat of other seasons.
The waters near towns are also usually much warmer, either due to pollution or due to the number of people and animals generating energy and heat. If you don’t give yourself the opportunity, locate the schools of fish, as they crowd together to warm each other, slightly warming the water around them.
Change fishing times
Almost always, sunrise and sunset are the best times to fish, however, in winter the thing is the opposite, leaving the sunniest hours as the most favorable. Specifically from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Slope of wind direction
A current of wind coming from the south favors you immensely because it brings warm winds, on the contrary, the north winds scare away any possibility of finding good catches, especially if the species you want to fish are looking for their food on the surface.
Do not go heavily loaded with equipment but protected from the cold
Forget about days as productive as summer, although it is not impossible to fish, the chances of catching a lot of fish are low. Take only the essential equipment. In addition, it will be more practical and comfortable to walk through your fishing area without so much useless load on you.
Instead, you can take a portable seat and warm clothes that protect you from the onslaught of the weather. Don’t forget gloves, shoes and a hat.
A trick is to carry two rags, one to catch the wet lures or tackle and the other to dry them and thus avoid the cold on the hands.
Study the behavior of the species you want to fish
Preparing a strategy is essential in winter fishing, as this will save you time and have a bad time. The plan should be based on the biological behavior of your prey.
If the fish is looking for areas of branches, prepare your tackle so that they do not get tangled, on the other hand, if the fish is one of those that changes its food, offer it what it is looking for. Be creative and try to put yourself in their shoes to understand how they will react to what you put on them.
Don’t skimp on using a good bait or lure
Only if the deception offered is convenient enough, the fish will bite. Remember that during the winter your appetite decreases as well as your metabolisms. Bait that is too large or appetizing will be ignored as they should avoid eating too much at this time.
Winter Fishing Equipment Maintenance Plan
If freezing your fingers and nose is not your thing, take advantage of this season to prepare your equipment correctly for when spring begins. Put on a pair of wool socks and prepare a hot chocolate, which you will spend a long time polishing your outfit.
Something that very few bother to do, because it may seem tedious, however, it is an excellent practice to know what is available, and that it deserves to be replaced.
Open an Excel document or a notepad, and go down by category all your good fishing tools, equipment, and accessories. Check that all the parts of your rods are in good condition, that your reel has all its spare parts, that your lures are complete, that your swivels and pearls have not been scattered around the tackle box. That all your tools can be used correctly, etc.
Take note of those parts that require further maintenance or cleaning.
Some have a good habit of cleaning their equipment after each shift, and others wait until the last minute. Whichever group you belong to, it really won’t hurt a general and deep cleaning of all your equipment, including tools, lines, and lures.
Saltpeter is very harmful even to things that are made to resist it.
Renew your accessories
Every year it is very good to get rid of the equipment or accessories that are causing problems and replace them with new ones. This most of all happen with the fishing lines, which wear out more quickly than the others.
However, it could apply to both the fly rod and the reel, as the lures or even the tools.
Whatever your winter fishing plan, we hope this article has been useful to you. See you soon in the next report.