People are upset with this cold blast of air we are dealing with in South KY. I for one am excited to see it. It will bring the water temperatures down and heat up the bite on Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow Lake.
A cold grey day is what I like to look for. When the conditions and water temperature line up a person can boat some of the biggest fish of there life this time of year. I personally look for wood cover or a slide, a lot of times the fish will really school up deep this time of year. If you can get them fired up action can be fast and fierce. Finding them and getting them eating at times can be frustrating. It pays to do your home work.
There are many different ways to be successful in cold water. Live bait, NED rigs, Silver Buddy, crawling a jig, crank baits. All will produce and all are fun. My favorite for this time of year is the NED. Those of you who have been reading my work have heard my NED success stories before. For cold water it is a killer. If its crappie you are after live minnows are almost impossible to beat this time of year. Long lining shiners on Dale Hollow, or Cumberland with a split shot rig is a good option too. The hot thing going now is the good old float and fly. Both Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow offer trophy fish and this method is deadly.
You can find fish on long points, on bluffs and around fallen trees or brush. Old slides are always good provided the wood is still there. That is where doing your homework comes into play. Different situations will warrant a change in technique. So I will have a silver buddy if I think a shad die off has happened. (hint cold weather brings this on) I would think it has hit. If you can find where chad have been holding rip that think off the bottom and hold on. NED is good for this too, but I usually cast open my bail and let it free fall. Always be watching your line. The hits will be violent and fast from bass. Crappie can be different. I have caught them on both these baits but they tend to be a bit softer in there strike.
So in Closing I hope when this weather turns warmer you all are ready to go get them. I welcome any questions about techniques, or what I look for. I also hope everyone makes a resolution to fish more with their families in the new year.
(Feature picture is Jason Bean with a huge Dale Hollow Musky) Congratulations Jason,
He caught it on 6 lb test line on a spinning rod.
Good Luck and God bless!