Stable water temperatures are keeping fish on the shallow side of drops. Techniques, gear and speed remain the same. Locations vary.
Overnight lows this week near 40. A mix of clouds and rain this week with highs between 45-65! Longer days are also contributing to water temperatures staying in the 40-45 degree range.
Spinning gear is best. Medium heavy to medium action rods cover the techniques. Bigger thick wire hooks, stiffer rods. Drop shot and shaky head work best with medium action rods, or just a bit stiffer. Hair jigs, tubes and grubs, slightly heavier rods work best. Quantum Smoke reels are very fast and can take up slack or load a rod for better hook sets. Line is also key. Braid has thinner diameter, is longer casting and enables better hook sets. Gamma 15-pound test Torque braid is perfect. It doesn’t tangle as easily, casts a mile, makes bite detection easier, hook sets more efficient, but also won’t get blown around in the wind. Use Gamma fluorocarbon Edge leaders 6-pound test and up. Heavier cover, bump up to 10.
Attractants are also important now. Jack’s Juice Bait Spray encourages fish to hold on longer and masks anything you might add to the baits. Jack’s Juice soaks into the plastic, so there’s no need to repeat applications during the day. An early morning spray soaks into the bag of plastics. To refresh the bait, drop it into the bag and rub Jacks Juice on it. It also works great with hair jigs, soaking into the fibers and staying! Jelly attractants are a mess, especially in cold weather. They need to be reapplied and they clog up hair jigs, ruining the action.
Take note of the depth fish are at. Slow down and fish near drop.