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Clear Lake By by Larry Hemphill » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:02 am Winter fishing at Clear Lake is not like other lakes that have spots and smallies which are more active in the winter. And Clear Lake water is very warm in the summer and can be VERY COLD in the winter. The cold air sinks into the "bowl" where the lake is - and can even have some snow in the winter. The feeding window is very short - maybe an hour or two, day or night, maybe every 2 or 3 days for each bass. I have been told, and have read, that a bass can digest a crawdad in about 18 hours during the summer, but it takes around 3 days in the winter. Answer - they don't need to feed much. I remember a sudden trip I made to Clear Lake a few years ago on January 4th. Very cold weather as you would expect, but dead flat water as much of the winter is there, except for storms. No bites before dark and nothing for the next 5 hours. About 11 pm I heard a carp roll, then another, and another until they were making merry on a winter night. I was fishing jigs with a big Yamamoto grub tail. Suddenly a good bite and a 4 pounder in the boat! For the next hour I had 5 bites - aggressive bites!! In about an hour and a half I had 5 bites and 5 bass in the boat for 20 + pounds, including a 7 pounder. And these were feeding bites - how could they hit this hard in 44 degree water? The window may be short, but it could be the favorite window of your career. Obviously, they are not bothered by fishing pressure in January, especially at night. Winter fishing is about location and timing. Other than the spawning period, winter is the time to catch the bass of a lifetime - day or night!! Where was I that night? Near Rattlesnake Island - really!!!!

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