Still Hooked. Downsizing offerings, like jigs and baits, can make a difference and still convert big fish after a tough front rolls through. Think smaller after a cold front and use sonar to locate and keep tabs on lethargic fish. Simonson Photo.
By Nick Simonson
Winter is already the slow time for fish. Due to their cold-blooded nature, they’re generally less energetic and aggressive than they are in summer when water is warmer. That doesn’t mean they’re not biting, and fast action can often be found during stable weather and at peak times, such as dawn and dusk for walleyes, crappies and other fish that feed in low light. However, when roaring winter fronts rip through the region and high winds, snow and inclement weather are followed by cold and sunny conditions, those post-frontal doldrums can kill off even the hottest bite. Should you find your weekend trip following a tough stretch, there are still ways to convert fussy fish even after a front.
Small, Slow & Slight
Think of post-frontal fishing as trying to convince a fish to wake up, move around and eat something after an all-night party. Maybe, think back to your college days. The hangover of sorts for fish resulting from the whipsawing pressure and change in conditions is tough to overcome, but present just the right bait in the right manner, and it can be overcome.
First, utilize smaller baits. Downsize jigs and