If you want to become a serious bass angler, you need to understand how changing seasons effect the behavoir of bass. Winter, spring, summer and fall each hold their own general patterns and being able to quickly identify which seasonal stage the fish are in will make catching them a whole lot easier. Learn how bass transition from one season to the next and how to follow their movement.
Looking back on my first days of Bass fishing, I can remember how simple my thought process was... choose a lake, bring my favorite rod, favorite lure and try to catch fish. I never considered; time of year, water temperature, weather changes, oxygen levels, water clarity, water depth, pressure changes, location of bait fish and all the other variables that play an important role in Bass fishing. Today, I can't even fish from the shore without trying to assess all of the many variables which effect the feeding habits of bass. It's an ongoing educational course that we'll never graduate from. Bottom line, the more we know and apply, the more productive we will be on the water.
If you are a tournamnet angler, winter is the perfect time to start getting ready for the next season. All other sports have a pre-season, so should bass fishing. Here are few things that you should do during the bass fishng off season.