December Fishing

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December Fishing

Published on Bassmaster.com December 10, 2008

December is easily one of the least fished months of the year for bass fisherman. Most people have other things on their minds. There are the holidays, shopping, traveling, hunting and the end of the fall frenzy taking much of the blame. On Lake Fork, you will find more duck hunters and crappie fisherman than you will bass fishermen in December, despite the fact that Fork is one of the best trophy bass lakes in the country.

I'm guilty of getting sidetracked myself. I don't get a lot of guide trips booked this time of the year, so I spend more days at home than I do on the water. This is the time of the year when I hit the tackle shops, work on my boat, clean my reels and do some the computer work that I've been putting off. But it doesn't mean there isn't good fishing in December.

A couple of years ago we had a warming trend on Lake Fork, and I had a day when we caught 109 bass. This was a very unusual circumstance when the water temps got back up in the 60s, but it goes to show that you can catch good numbers even in December.

For us here in Texas, we have quite a few options. We can fish the colder water lakes (like Lake Fork) or we can fish the power plant lakes, which range from 60 degrees to over 100 degrees in the middle of winter. Because the power plants generate more electricity when it's colder, they're sometimes warmer in the winter than they are in other seasons. I plan to say more about power plant fishing in future articles, but for now I just want to mention how you can find out what baits and locations to use on your favorite lake.

If you go to the Basslog and click on the "custom search" option, you can query the database yourself and determine how you should fish. The more information you know, the more accurate your search will be. For instance, you know the month (December), so click on month and choose December. If that's all you want to search, choose "that's enough criteria" and click "go," and it will search the entire database for everything recorded for December. Then, it will return 1 of 4 different queries — game plan, top locations, top lures and specific top lures.

For this particular search, the game plan query returns the following:

Time of day
1st light to sunup


sunup to 9:00AM


9:01AM - 12:00PM


12:01PM - 3:00PM



3:01PM - 5:00PM


5:01PM to dark


midnight to 1st light
Lure
chrome/blue 1/4-oz lipless crankbait solid color

blue fleck Texas rig curly tail worm 3/16-oz lead bullet weight

black/blue Texas rig curly tail worm 1/8-oz screw in weight

watermelon/red flake Texas rig small finesse worm 1/8-oz lead bullet weight

chrome/blue 1/2-oz lipless crankbait solid color

red lipless crankbait under 1/4-oz solid color

white/chartreuse shallow diving crankbait small rounded bill
Structure
6- to 10-ft creek channel with vegetation & trees

0 to 5-ft shallow flats with trees


0 to 5-ft shallow flats with matted vegetation

11- to 15-ft bridge with cement



6- to 10-ft creek channel with vegetation & trees

6- to 10-ft shallow flats with submerged vegetation

11- to 15-ft boat docks with no obvious cover

The other 3 queries return the following:

Top Locations
Top structure & depth Top cover
1) creek channel (6 to 10 ft) 1) vegetation & trees
2) submerged vegetation
3) trees
4) no obvious cover
5) riprap
6) matted vegetation
7) rock pile
8) brushpile
2) shallow flats (0 to 5 ft) 1) submerged vegetation
2) vegetation & trees
3) trees
4) matted vegetation
5) boulders
6) cattails
7) sparse vegetation
8) no obvious cover
9) lily pads
10) sparse trees
11) gravel
12) brushpile
3) shallow flats (6 to 10 ft) 1) vegetation & trees
2) submerged vegetation
3) cattails
4) lily pads
5) trees
6) sparse vegetation
7) matted vegetation
4) flats near dropoff (0 to 5 ft) 1) submerged vegetation
2) no obvious cover
3) vegetation & trees
4) boulders
5) lay down tree
6) matted vegetation
7) sparse vegetation
8) trees
5) creek channel (0 to 5 ft) 1) vegetation & trees
2) trees
3) riprap
4) submerged vegetation
6) secondary point (6 to 10 ft) 1) submerged vegetation
2) no obvious cover
3) boulders
4) brushpile
5) trees
6) sparse vegetation
7) rockpile
7) creek channel (11 to 15 ft) 1) trees
2) no obvious cover
3) riprap
4) submerged vegetation
5) sparse vegetation
6) brushpile
8) flats near dropoff (6 to 10 ft) 1) submerged vegetation
2) trees
3) cattails
4) rockpile
5) no obvious cover
6) boulders
7) sparse vegetation
9) main lake point (0 to 5 ft) 1) rockpile
2) riprap
3) vegetation & trees
4) submerged vegetation
5) no obvious cover
6) lily pads
7) matted vegetation
10) main lake point (6 to 10 ft) 1) submerged vegetation
2) trees
3) brushpile



Top Lures
1) lipless crankbait
2) Texas rig worm
3) crankbait
4) C-rig worm
5) skirted jig
6) drop shot
7) jig/worm
8) soft jerkbait
9) weightless sinking worm
10) spinnerbait




Specific Lures
Top Lures Best Color(s)
1) 1/2-oz lipless crankbait 1) chrome/blue
2) white
3) orange
4) red
5) pumpkinseed
6) multi-color
7) chrome/black
8) red/yellow
2) rubber skirted jig 1) black/blue
2) green pumpkin
3) brown
4) multicolor
5) camo
6) white
7) black/red flake
3) 1/4 oz lipless crankbait 1) chrome/blue
2) Tennessee shad
3) orange
4) multi-color
5) bleeding bait
4) medium diving crankbait 1) shad
2) crawfish red
3) multicolored
4) citrus shad
5) brown/orange
6) firetiger
7) baby bass
8) blue/chartreuse
9) maroon
10) green/orange
11) white
12) Tennessee shad
13) black/silver
5) unskirted jig with worm body 1) green pumpkin
2) green pumpkin/chartreuse
3) watermelon
6) Texas rig curly tail worm 1) blue fleck
2) black/blue
3) gold
4) junebug
5) tequila sunrise
7) soft jerkbait
1) watermelon
2) watermelon candy
3) watermelon/red flake
4) watermelon/chartreuse
5) shad
6) green/white
8) deep diving crankbait
1) shad
2) red
3) brown
4) blue/chartreuse
5) baby bass
6) white/chartreuse
9) Texas rig small finesse worm
1) green pumpkin
2) watermelon/red flake
3) chartreuse
4) junebug/red flake
5) watermelon
6) pumpkinseed
10) drop shot finesse worm 1) watermelon/red flake
2) watermelon
3) bluegill
4) multicolor
5) black/purple
6) black
7) green smoke




I encourage you to search the Insider Basslog for yourself and learn as much as you can. We especially encourage you to record every bass you catch, whether you catch it in a lake, pond, creek, river, etc. It will especially benefit you in the future if you record your fish as soon as you get home from your outing. You will be surprised just how many details we forget over time. The more fish get logged, the more accurate it will become and the more fish you will catch.

 
 
Richie White: Insider Basslog

Basslog Author Richie White fishes 200+ days per year as a fishing guide on Lake Fork in Texas.


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