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18.0 in. Largemouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 11/17/12

Posted by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle Expert Member over 7 years ago

18.0 in. Largemouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 11/17/12
18.0" Largemouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing on Saturday November 17, 2012 at 00:00 near Walled Lake in Oakland County, Michigan (MI), United States North America using a 4" Berkley pumpkinseed powerworm 1/8 oz jig a Worm by Berkley

Fished for one and half hours on Walled Lake Saturday afternoon. The water temperature dropped to 40 F. I slowed down and focused on a drag & drop retrieve with the 4 inch powerworm on a jighead.

I caught 1 Largemouth Bass (largest is 18+ inches, shown here) . As you can imagine, the water is very cold and the fish are not grouped very tight in the shallow water. Even though the water is so cold this crazy largemouth attempted 3 jumps, clearing its head of the water each time. It seems as if the fish I am catching are loners that feed independently, as they are larger fish. You can see in the picture that this fish took this bait deep, so he was feeding.

It must also be noted that this is a landlocked inland lake which is only about 800 acres. Though I am sure there are larger bass, I believe that these last catches are in the top half of the size structure. There is no way the lake can replenish from any migratory fish in and out of a river.

The change to the jig and stick worm for bass in the cold water can still cover quite a bit of water with the 10ft spinning rod. I know I may need to go to a drag and then deadstick retrieve with even a smaller bait based on Ned Kehde’s blog. I went out yesterday and picked up some Yamamoto senko’s and hula grubs to do just this. Though the Yamamoto baits are a bit expensive, they are all made in the USA and many of the baits appear they can be used in two or three forms due to the removable legs or tentacles (as on the hula grubs). The way I look at it, this means I have two baits in one and that saves space when I am fishing in my waders, and money.

It is still my goal this year is to fish at least once a week until ice-up – no matter how cold, but I think that it may be difficult to find any fish as the water gets even colder here in Michigan. Maybe this change of technique will help get me to first ice while catching fish.

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