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5 hours ago, EchoSierra said:

I live in the northeast (Massachusetts) and it's currently pretty cold here.  I know that fish slow down for the winter, but would I be wasting my time trying to fish a pond while it's ~40 degrees out (air temp, not sure about water)?  There's a pond behind the building at work and I was wondering if it would be worthwhile to try fishing it in the winter.  I've read reports of Largemouths, Bluegills, and catfish in that pond.  I'd probably want to target the largemouths or the catfish.  I'll be fishing from shore.

As i am way down south, can't say for sure, but a slow, slow presentation may be the ticket?    People ice fish and catch, so I am sure you can find something.

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Very high winds today (gusts to 30+) forced me into a very skinny creek were I only found some skinny chain pickerel (3 each) and two dink bass.  beats a skunk!

 

 

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5 hours ago, EchoSierra said:

I live in the northeast (Massachusetts) and it's currently pretty cold here.  I know that fish slow down for the winter, but would I be wasting my time trying to fish a pond while it's ~40 degrees out (air temp, not sure about water)?  There's a pond behind the building at work and I was wondering if it would be worthwhile to try fishing it in the winter.  I've read reports of Largemouths, Bluegills, and catfish in that pond.  I'd probably want to target the largemouths or the catfish.  I'll be fishing from shore.

Never "not worthwhile" unless it's frozen and ya don't have an auger. I live in Jersey, and have caught quality LMB's in every month of the year. If it aint froze, I'll fish it. I generally down-size my baits, line size, and gear in the winter. I'm talking ultralight stuff.  For two reasons. First because there is less to none of the usual slop ( pads, weeds, coontail, etc ) to go through to get my bait where I want. And second because a smaller, finesse style bait is easier to keep and work slowly in the strike zone for a longer time.  

All that said, believe it or not, don't discount small topwater plugs in the dead of winter. I've caught bass on a tiny torpedo in January and February on them.

According to my log book, this one was caught on Jan 18, 1990 on one.

Long before cellphone cameras, lol.

 

 

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Man. I hate touching those slim darts for that reason. I usually have fishing pliers or needle nose to handle them suckers. If I dont have that. Ill cut the line and take the loss on the lure. 

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12 hours ago, EchoSierra said:

I live in the northeast (Massachusetts) and it's currently pretty cold here.  I know that fish slow down for the winter, but would I be wasting my time trying to fish a pond while it's ~40 degrees out (air temp, not sure about water)?  There's a pond behind the building at work and I was wondering if it would be worthwhile to try fishing it in the winter.  I've read reports of Largemouths, Bluegills, and catfish in that pond.  I'd probably want to target the largemouths or the catfish.  I'll be fishing from shore.

I fish freshwater in Boston until the rivers freeze (and I have caught fish in the cracks between ice floes). You don't even have to slow down that much -- what I find more important is switching to lures with subtler action, stuff like jerkbaits, keitechs, ned rigs, small crankbaits etc. and targeting outflows/spots where you expect the water to be warmest. I have some of my best days on waming trends in the dead of winter. 

 

Another option to just feel a tug on the line is to fish for perch -- they're active all winter and will hit anything flashy/erratic in the shallows.

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13 hours ago, Ben Lippen said:

Never "not worthwhile" unless it's frozen and ya don't have an auger. I live in Jersey, and have caught quality LMB's in every month of the year. If it aint froze, I'll fish it. I generally down-size my baits, line size, and gear in the winter. I'm talking ultralight stuff.  For two reasons. First because there is less to none of the usual slop ( pads, weeds, coontail, etc ) to go through to get my bait where I want. And second because a smaller, finesse style bait is easier to keep and work slowly in the strike zone for a longer time.  

All that said, believe it or not, don't discount small topwater plugs in the dead of winter. I've caught bass on a tiny torpedo in January and February on them.

According to my log book, this one was caught on Jan 18, 1990 on one.

Long before cellphone cameras, lol.

 

 

 

Sometimes, I even go when it is frozen, but I can see unfrozen parts in the distance!  

 

 

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Wheeewwww!!! I put a beaten on em today! 3 pickerel between 24”-25” and FAT, and a few smaller ones. Had lots of short strikes and followers. Also caught 2 bass at 2lbs, and a whopper which came in at 22”, 6lbs. Wasn’t expecting much at all today. Boy was I wrong! Poor pics. Tough to take selfies in the kayak. 

 

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