Dec 6: Went out to do some cold weather white bass structure fishing. All four spots I checked had fish hugging the bottom. I caught 10 white bass at each spot then moved on to check the other spots. All spots had the same sonar pattern - 2 pics below. Sidescan does not do a good job of picking up fish hugging the bottom, so I didn't take a pic of it. The pics are of the same spot and the left side of the screen is zoomed in X2. When the fish are hugging the bottom this screen works best to see the fish. I caught a total of 52 fish using a #4 Mepps. The other 12 were: 4 short hybrids, 5 good size yellow bass, 2 crappie and one cat. At each spot I would cast to the fish, let Mepps fall to bottom, start the retrieve suddenly horizontally along the bottom but reel slowly 2 to 4 cranks of my 7.5 ratio reel. After catching a few this way, I would start stomping the boat deck with my #13 foot, and within seconds I could see fish congregating under the boat. Then I worked Mepps around the boat, and they bit it as I slowly reeled it up. Only caught one on the fall. Water temp is now 59.5 degrees F. The spots were east end of Long Ridge in 25 fow, far west part of Long Ridge in 20 fow, Mid-lake Hump in 22 fow and 3-Jug Hump in 18 fow.
This is how I winter fish here at CC. I haven't had to dead-stick to catch fish.
Dec 11: Saw water temps ranging from 56.1 to 57.4 degrees today. Fish are a little more sluggish. Found that a white bladed Mepps #4 works best now. In fact I could hardly get a bite with silver, but they took white readily. Caught 30 with some at Mid-lake Hump in 23 fow, 3-Jug Hump in 21 fow and Merimac Point in 16 to 23 fow.
White Mepps better than silver today: