Where Do Bass Go During Fall and Winter?

With the changing of seasons, many people take notice of the changes in wildlife. One fish that is particularly affected by these seasonal changes is the bass.

During fall and winter, bass may migrate to different bodies of water or they may stay in the same spot depending on their species.

Let’s take a look at how bass behavior changes during fall and winter and why this happens.

Why Do Bass Migrate?

The primary reason for migration is temperature. In fall, as temperatures drop, bass may move from shallow waters to deeper waters where temperatures are more consistent throughout the year.

This allows them to conserve energy and survive during cold weather when feeding activity slows down significantly.

In certain areas, bass will migrate from lakes to rivers where they can find warmer water temperatures further downstream.

What Do Bass Eat in Winter?

Bass eat a variety of prey year-round including insects, crayfish, frogs, and smaller fish like shad or sunfish.

In winter however, their diet often shifts to larger prey such as shiners or minnows because larger prey items provide more energy to help them survive in colder waters.

Additionally, some bass also feed on small crustaceans like amphipods or scuds which live near the bottom of bodies of water below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius).

Where Can I Find Bass in Winter?

Bass can be found in a variety of locations during winter months depending on their species and migration patterns.

Generally speaking, largemouth bass tend to stay somewhat close to shorelines while smallmouth bass move into deeper water close to 20 feet (6 meters). Spotted bass can be found both close to shorelines as well as out in deeper waters closer to 30 feet (9 meters).

Ultimately it depends on what type of habitat they prefer and what kind of food sources are available nearby.


To sum up, understanding where bass go during fall and winter is an important part of successful fishing trips throughout the colder months.

Knowing how they behave in different environments helps you identify ideal spots for catching them as well as what types of bait or lures are most likely to attract them!

By researching your local area thoroughly before heading out on your next fishing trip you’ll have a much better chance at finding success even when conditions are less than ideal! Happy Fishing!

Joshua Hickman

Joshua has a vast knowledge of different types of fish and how to catch them, and he loves sharing this information with others. When he's not writing or fishing, Joshua enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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