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Wintertime Jig Fishing Creek Channel Bass
By Denny  Brauer By Chad  Brauer

Cold weather during the winter can make it tough for a person to get out on the lake, but these can be some of the best days of the year. You will often have the lake to your self, and the fish have not been as pressured by other fishermen. This is also one of the best times of the year for catching big fish on a jig.

I like to start out in areas that have deep water close to the shoreline. Creek channel banks, bluffs, and points are some great examples of these type places. After a few warm days the bass will tend to move up shallower on these areas, then after a cold front, they can easily move back to deeper water. Any additional cover, such as brushpiles, grass, or a laydown tree, on these areas is a bonus and is a key place to be very thorough.
Since the water is cold I like ....
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Creek channels are one of the most reliable structures a fisherman can focus on. Bass can be found around them nearly year-round. Though distinct creek channels are not easily found in all bodies of water, if you can find them, there will be fish along the channel somewhere.
The key factor that I feel make creek channels great is that they are literally fish highways. All types of fish travel along channels, including baitfish like shad. There is also a combination of cover along most channels. First, you have a contour change in depth, then anything like grass or stumps add to that depth change.

No matter what time of the year you are fishing, creek channels can be productive. Winter and summer usually have bass near the mouths of creeks or channels that are out toward the main area ...
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