Let me start by saying that I am not a particularly good fisherman, but not for lack of trying. I've been fishing for about a year now. I fish from the bank, at least until I can get a boat situation figured out, and I have spent some long, cold weekends over the past few months trying to catch a LMB. I have fished public ponds, community ponds, small lakes, big lakes, at basically any spot I could find with enough room to cast. I have used jigs (of all shapes and colors and sizes), shaky heads, slow-rolled spinnerbaits, mojo rigs, senkos, swimbaits, chatterbaits, you name it, and my last LMB caught was December 5th. I caught a couple of 2-lbers within about 5 minutes on a green pumpkin/purple flake senko. I hooked one on a spinnerbait Jan. 3rd, but it threw the hook before I could reel it in. I have generally stayed away from big lakes, cause I figure the fish are deep in the cold weather, but I can't help thinking that at small fishbowl ponds, I could get deep enough from the bank to pull SOMETHING out of there. At this point, it's almost spawn, and I'm distracted with sandies and crappie anyway, but it will be winter again in no time. So, moving forward...thoughts on winter LMBs, anyone? Advice? Constructive criticism? Maybe just find another hobby for December-March?
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope. --John Buchan