Once December arrives, we are officially into the winter fishing season. Some people pack it in until March or wait for an unseasonably warm day. Why stop fishing…trout and stripers will be around all winter. Air temperatures can range from the 30’s – 40’s in the morning and the 40’s – 50’s in the afternoon. One good thing about winter fishing is that you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn and try to be the first fisherman at that favorite spot. Sleep in, relax and get a second cup of coffee in the morning. Early morning water temperatures will be in the high 40’s so let the sun rise and warm the water a little. Remember the sun rises in the east so get out your charts and select some spots on the west side of the creeks for your first stops. Also, look for some flats close to deeper holes. The sun warms these waters first. The middle to the back of the creeks will hold the trout this time of year so be prepared to shallow water fish. Add some suspended hard bait to your tackle box. A favorite this time of year is MirroLures with the MR17 being one of the top choices. They fall about 2’ and are perfect for shallower waters. Dress warm, wear your life jacket, and go catch dinner.
…don’t let the big one get away
Capt. Bobby Brewer