If you got the chance to get on the Shenandoah River or a local lake you were faced with low, crystal clear water during November. And most likely found it a challenge to catch fish due to these conditions.
As we go into December there is good news, you don’t need to be on the water at the crack of dawn! Water temperatures will continue to drop into the upper 40’s and low 50’s causing bass to push into their wintering holes. This will be the deepest section of the river you are fishing. But this doesn’t mean they will always be in these deeper holes. They do come out into shallow water looking for bait. Most likely this occurs during low light conditions, such as cloudy, rainy days.
I would continue to throw reaction lures. Crankbaits, spinner baits and jerk baits will be productive. Anything that looks like baitfish will produce strikes. If reaction lures aren’t producing, slow it down with a jig with a chunk trailer. You’ve heard me say before, most of your bigger bass will be caught during the winter months, and a big old bass just can’t resist a big jig.
If the river stays clear during December, I believe a jerk bait would be the lure of choice. Try different running depths, shallow runners, and deep divers. Work them slow with twitches, or speed them up until you find out how the fish want them.
During winter months be safe on the water, wear that life jacket, and look out for others. Be safe!
In Lukes account of the Christmas story, an angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds saying, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11). And it wasn’t joy for just a few people, but for all. And no matter where we find ourselves today, with all the struggles of this world. Jesus has penetrated our dark world with his joy and light.
God loves each and every one of us. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son”. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Merry Christmas and God Bless you all!