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Cold Weather Means Deep Jigging for Stripers

Report Date: January 20, 2010

Lake Hartwell
Water Temp 46-49 Degree
Water Level 2 ft. below full pool

The last month has been real cold with fishing slow. Deep jigging with spoons has been about the only way to catch fish. The last few days has warmed and the stained creeks are warming quickly. With rising water temps, the bait and fish will move into the creeks to the warmer water. The larger fish will be more active, while the small fish seem to have a slower metabolism in the cold water. If the weather stays warm the bigger fish will be eating 1-2 inch thread fin shad. Small jigs, flies, crappie minnows and other small imitations that represent the small shad work best. They need to be fished slowly in the backs of creeks and coves. If the water has a little color from run-off, it will be warmer and hold more bait. Remember “small and slow.”

Preston Harden
[email protected]

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