A Guide to Winter Fishing: What You Should Know

There is a common misconception among many people that the winter season in the Triangle is not a good time for fishing. Nothing could be farther from the truth. With the right equipment, bait, and game plan, you can have a successful day of fishing on the lake even during the colder months.

Motor Boatin’ is here to provide you with a guide of what you should know before going fishing in the wintertime:

Let’s start with your gear. Because air and water temperatures are much colder in January or February compared to July or August, you must dress appropriately. To prevent hypothermia, be sure you have waterproof and insulated boots. For super cold days, we suggest wearing insulated gloves also. If you have waterproof pants, wear those along with a parka and hat.

The next part to consider is your bait. Fish are cold-water creatures, and in the winter, their metabolisms slow down. Certain lures that move too fast in the water don’t work in winter. Live bait like minnows, shiners, or worms work best. If you do choose a lure, use one that mimics sunfish or perch. Having the right bait that matches what fish feed on in cold weather makes all the difference.

Your game plan should include how to stay safe when it’s colder out and times when fish feed. Check weather forecasts and know when fronts move in because those affect the activity levels of freshwater species. Generally speaking, fish are more active and feed more often prior to a front approaching than after it passes. Because the sun is positioned further south in the winter, it shines brighter on northern shore banks. Try to look there for more activity. Typically, the best time to catch fish in the winter runs from 10 AM to 4 PM.

For more tips and to reserve one of our fishing boats, click here. At Motor Boatin’, we know you can have a great time on the lake – no matter what season of the year it is.

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