Spring seems a long way off. However, fish are biting between the cold fronts. They have to eat. Choose your days carefully. Don’t be surprised to find crappie and bass around the lily pads. The sun warms these little “solar panels”.
While crappie will be first in the pads, bass will soon follow. Ledges near these pads will hold the bass until the water warms enough to move in. Try the heavier, quarter ounce Road Runner along this structure.
Tip: The favorite water temperature of crappie is about sixty five degrees. Bass become more active in water temps of sixty nine degrees. Water temperatures are just one of the factors in fish activity. Your Humminbird depth sounder likely has a water temperature gauge. Check it during the day to see how much the water warms up.