Although Georgia’s lake fish are most active in spring and fall, you can hook one in the winter with a little patience. Fish are cold-blooded, meaning their body temperature matches their environment (in this case, the cold water). Although colder fish are a bit sluggish and don’t require as much food to survive, they may still bite.
Many fish huddle close to the bottom of the lake during the cold months, so use a weighted line to fish deeper and drag your bait along the bottom. Good-sized largemouth bass and crappie may be caught this way in winter.
WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.