Posted by jd on December 19, 2002 at 16:12:45:
In Reply to: N. Alabama in Feb. posted by Hoosier Don on December 19, 2002 at 15:30:03:
Expect the unexpected. Could be mid-day shirt with morning/evening jacket, or it could be thermals and insulated coveralls from dusk 'til dawn. Lake/river might be low and clear, or it might be high and muddy. "They" say that the big ones bite early around February or March and spawn before the little ones start, but I'll bet you that numbers of fish will be lower in February than if you wait until the water hits the mid 60's or better around March-April, perhaps even April-May would be better when the water hits the 70's. If you don't know the lake, it will be around May before you will easily locate milfoil which tends to hold more fish. But, it is a pain to fish milfoil when it gets matted if you don't use the right baits in the right places... wait, it can still be a pain at times depending on rain, coots (water birds), and such. Well worth the trouble though!
February and March have lots of fronts passing through, so wind and rain make life not only challenging, but also very miserable at times. Fish early, fish often, fish late, and hope you are there on the day of a lifetime.
Check back closer to February and maybe you will have a better idea of how mild or harsh the winter has been.
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