Warm Water BASS FISHING in the Winter

A day on the water fishing Lake Monticello in East Texas for largemouth bass.

Monticello, or “Monti-sell-o” as it’s known to most Texas anglers, is one of many lakes that is used primarily as a method to cool a nearby power plant. The resulting discharge of hot water keeps overall water temperatures relatively warm throughout the year. This allows for fish to be caught in the winter using a variety of techniques that would normally be reserved for hot summer months.

This was filmed December 29, 2016 with Jake from Advanced Bassin’. Our initial strategy was to target deeper schools of bass holding to structure with Carolina rigs and jigs, but we eventually switched to shallow water techniques. Although fast-moving baits never produced, slower soft plastic techniques were what we ended up catching most of the fish on later in the day. Carolina-rigged fish were caught on LFT Ring Fries and Zoom Brush Hogs. Shallow water fish were caught on senkos and Berkley Power Worms.

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Cameras Used: GoPro Hero 3 Silver, Nikon D3200

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