Some of the toughest bass fishing trips I’ve experienced have been on the days immediately following a cold front when the barometric pressure is high and the skies are clear. When faced with these conditions, don’t get too discouraged though. The passage of a cold front may mean that it will take a little more work to entice the bass to bite, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t catch fish. What it does mean is that you have to be more patient and much more willing to switch up your technique.
Consider these five tips when you plan to go bass fishing following a cold front.
- Slow it down. Largemouth bass are usually in energy conservation mode after a cold front blows through and are much less likely to chase down a fast-moving lure or bait. When fishing after consecutive cold fronts, it’s even more important to remember to fish your baits and lures slow since bass will become less and less active with each passing front.
- Use smaller lures. Since bass can become very finicky after a front passes through, use smaller lures in order to coax them into biting. Smaller lures or baits take less energy for bass to pursue and strike. For example, try a 3 or 4-inch plastic worm or small tube jig instead of a 6 or 7-inch plastic worm or a large rubber leg jig.
- Look for heavy cover or thick weeds. On clear days when the skies are bright blue, the sunlight often sends bass into the shade of heavy cover. Use a Texas-rigged plastic worm in areas of thick weeds. Cast your line out, let the worm settle on the bottom, and then slowly lift it a few inches off of the bottom and let it settle again.
- Keep moving and look for holes. If your best spots don’t produce a bite after 15 to 20 minutes, move on to another area in an effort to find fish that are actively feeding. If you have a depth finder or know where there are a few deep holes, try those areas since fish may have moved off into deeper water in an effort to avoid the more dramatic water temperature changes that can occur in shallow areas.
- Switch to live bait. If you’ve already tried tips one through four above, and still can’t get the bass to bite, switch to live bait. Use a live golden shiner, minnow, frog or crawfish on split-shot rig or beneath a slip-bobber.
Have you defied the odds by catching a lunker largemouth following a cold front? If so, I’d love to hear your fish story. Comment and share your bass fishing photos on the Shefishes2.com Facebook Page.