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What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters #14527616 11/07/22 01:56 PM
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The water temperature in the lake I fish is about 60 degrees. I haven't use surface lures in a while but will when I go soon. Will fish smash those lures in the dying pads and over shallow weed bed? Probably not in 55 degree water.

Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14527693 11/07/22 03:15 PM
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I have had amazing topwater action in January and February. Depends on the sun and air temperature. My graph might tell me 50 degrees but the top warms up quick in the back of coves.

Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14528605 11/08/22 12:24 PM
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Too bad the temperature starts falling fast in NY. When I lived in Texas, fishing was an all-year opportunity. but not so much now. Usually Oct. is the last month fish will strike surface lures depending on whether cold weather invades the n.e. sooner than later.

Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14529521 11/09/22 02:24 AM
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Exactly 55.3 degrees.


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Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14529879 11/09/22 02:53 PM
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I’ve caught bass on top in the mid 40’s surface temp... pop’r fished slow... bloop................bloop-bloop....................bloop..................bloop-bloop.....................bait just disappears.


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Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14530022 11/09/22 04:40 PM
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I think the only time top water doesn't seem to work is when it's iced over. AHAHAHHAHA

Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14601717 01/19/23 04:09 AM
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Yeah I have caught top water fish in snowstorms a couple of times


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Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14601873 01/19/23 02:14 PM
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Low 50's............................slow roll a buzzbait on the warming sunny days in protected pockets.

Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: cajuncountryman] #14602134 01/19/23 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by cajuncountryman
Low 50's............................slow roll a buzzbait on the warming sunny days in protected pockets.


I agree with this...another good bait when it's cold. The Pop-R P70, Rio Rico, or the Splash-It

Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14602397 01/19/23 11:13 PM
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I don't think water temp is the issue, seen them school in less than 50 degree water.

Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: machinist] #14609063 01/26/23 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by machinist
Yeah I have caught top water fish in snowstorms a couple of times

Never done it but they have wore out the story on the BTL podcast about that bassmaster won on a buzzbait in the snow
youtube]https://youtu.be/RC-m1LjmBFk?t=706

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Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14661211 03/15/23 06:36 PM
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33 degrees! Below that they can’t get to it


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Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14661845 03/16/23 12:25 PM
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It depends on the species of course. I know I catch way less fish when the water is below the 50's at least for bass. I sometimes catch trout on lures when the water's in the 40's but that's mainly during or after spawning, but that doesn't apply to Texas.

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I have caught Largemouth on top waters in a snow storm more than once!


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Re: What's the lowest water temperature that fish will bit topwaters [Re: SenkoSam] #14705696 04/30/23 12:27 AM
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One of our church members , only fished with top waters. He didn't carry anything else in his boat July or January. He did catch fish in the winter on his topwaters.

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