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Fishing Power Baits in Cold Water with Kevin VanDam

Fishing Power Baits in Cold Water with Kevin VanDam

We’re out here right now with the Wired2Fish
guys and we’re on Kentucky Lake. We’re trying to follow this fall transition; we’re looking
for shad, gravel bars, grass beds, and things like that. When you’re watching this you’re probably
sitting at home watching the snowflakes fly and thinking about spring time early season
fishing. One of the things I really like to do is I like to get out there early. It’s
the time of the year when the fish really get grouped up, the water’s cold, they can
be in a big school, and you can catch some of the biggest fish of the year. I still like to
power fish. Some people think that when it’s real cold you’ve got to slow down and fish
deep, and that’s not necessarily the case. The one thing that I’ve learned is I can really
apply a lot of those same techniques. My favorite lures for fishing that winter period and early
spring are still crankbaits. I mean yeah I’m going to have a jig, a swimbait, and a lot
of other things ready to go. But to cover water and find bass you’ve really got to have
three lures that I’m going to show you. First are foremost you’ve got to have a lipless
crankbait. A 1/2 ounce Red Eyed Shad is a go-to bait for me. I’ve won a ton of money
with this. It’s very efficient for covering flatter areas and shallower areas because
again it sinks. On a casting retrieve this is going to get you from 0-8 foot or so. If
you’re going a little bit deeper than that you can go up to the 3/4 ounce model and get
it down to 10 foot or so. Fantastic if the lake you’re fishing has grass. A lot of the
lowland reservoirs that don’t have grass it’s still perfect. Kentucky Lake, Pickwick, and
places like that have a lot of gravel bars and even though there’s not grass on them lipless crankbaits are a great tool on a lot of those
fish because of the water clarity being kind of low they will stay shallow even in 35 degrees
water so you can catch a lot of fish with that. I try to use a slow retrieve, have just
enough contact with the bottom that I can keep this bait bumping into cover and rip it out of the grass. PERFECT. A lot of the lakes that I fish maybe have
a little steeper banks; highland reservoirs or something like that. That’s where this
(this is a bait I’ve been looking for awhile from Strike King) it’s called a Lucky Shad.
The unique thing about this lure is it’s got a very tight action like some other minnow
baits do, it has a really good rattle to it, and you’ll notice that the bill is a little
bit different. Most of these minnow baits that are on the market have a rounded bill.
This one with that square covered bill deflects off the rocks and cover. This is a great for
fishing rip rap, channel banks, and things like that. I typically throw this on a spinning
rod with light line. 10 pound test is what gives it the livest action. Another thing
with this bait is it’s designed to almost suspend. In cold water this bait will suspend,
and in warmer water it has a slow rise to it. I like crawdad colors if i’m cranking
the rocks and that. If it’s a clear lake and it’s coming off the bottom I’ll use a shad
pattern. I’ll tell this makes a great jerkbait when you can get it out off the bank from
up shallow as it comes out into deeper water. Stop it, twitch it a few times, and let it
pause for a few seconds. It’s a great combination crankbait for rocks and to kind of use as
a jerkbait. Which leads me to the jerkbait. The big that
I’m really looking for this time of year is what the fish are really keying on. If they’re
on the bottom eating crawfish it’s hard to beat that Red Eyed Shad or something like
that Lucky Shad crankbait that is getting down into the rocks. If you’re seeing a lot of gulls around and
shad dying on the surface you know that the bass are going to be suspended and that’s
where a suspending jerkbait like this Strike King KVD Jerkbait really come in. I love this
color right here this Crystal Shad if the water has some clarity to it. If it’s a little
more stained you can use some Chartreuse Sexy Shad or something like that. The thing about the jerkbait is you’ve got
to have clear water. These other crankbaits not so much if you’ve got stained or dirty
water they’re still going to work. If you don’t have clear water this is not even an
option. I like to have a least 2- 2 1/2 foot of clarity and see be able to see it that
far down before I even pull out a jerkbait. If I’ve got really clear water that’s when
this really shines. In the early spring or the winter time these three baits can help
you find the fish quick and they’re still really good at catching them. I call them
search and destroy baits and that’s what I use during this time of year.

19 comments on “Fishing Power Baits in Cold Water with Kevin VanDam

  1. Yeah lipless crankbait has always been the go-to lure for fishing in fall for me too. Great for covering a large area of water when searching for fish. Short, but informative video.

  2. I can only wish

  3. When I was a kid growing up about 20 years ago.  KVD used to do seminars every winter at a local church here in Grand Rapids. Even as a kid I was in aww of him. His attention to detail when fishing is what helped me to be more successful on the water. People hate on any one that does good but this guy is no joke.

  4. Sorry man. I think this video is full of crap. I live on a lake that supposedly has great fishing. I know there are fish in there and i catch them usually when its warmer outside. But when its cold, cold water and a cold front this lake is impossible to catch on. Ive thrown EVERYTHING I can think of. And its just impossible to land anything. Live bait is just as impossible. Its late spring here in Northeast PA and I know guys are catching stuff. But this lake of mine has plenty of grass beds and theres just NOTHING buying unless its sunny and warm (air temp 68 or higher).

  5. Awesome Video as Usual…I've enjoyed your videos through the year and look forward to what 2018 has in-store for you on YouTube !! Keep up the good work and welcome on my boat anytime !!!!!

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