Fishing in cold weather

Does anyone out there know whether or not there is such a thing as good coarse fishing in cold weather? I have been experiencing the same phenomenon for several years and I would love to know if it’s unique or part of a trend.

Three or four minutes from where I live there is a lovely estate lake of about six acres containing carp to about 20lbs, bream to 6lbs or so, pike pushing 20lbs and multitudes of roach and rudd. It is quite shallow – no more than three feet in depth – and I have been a member of the small syndicate there for many years, enjoying great peace and quiet, and some decent fishing. (It is also a great place for Max, my black lab, to sniff about and chase rabbits. In fact, three weeks ago he got hold of a muntjac buck by the back leg, which promptly took a lump out of his back with its tusks! But that is another story…)

The point of this post is that, other than pike, this lake simply does not fish in the colder months. I paid three visits there in the first half of the year, fishing three or four separate swims on each occasion, without a single bite! ‘Have the cormorants had them all?’ I wondered. It really made me question!

Roach and rudd

I need not have worried. A few days ago, after three weeks of this heatwave, I caught almost 100 roach, bream, rudd and hybrids in a very pleasant afternoon session. After throwing in a couple of balls of light groundbait, followed by a pouch of maggots, the bites were simply non-stop! Goodness knows how many I missed in a three hour session. Furthermore every fish was plump and in perfect order – a pleasure to catch.

So where were they all in May? Surely they MUST feed during the winter, in which case why can’t we catch them? Does the shallow water have something to do with it? I should really love to know the answer. Does anyone out there have a theory?

Mike Green About Mike Green

Although a bit of a pike fanatic, Mike Green has been fishing in the UK and abroad for most of his life, catching coarse, sea and game fish in the UK, Canada, Alaska, New Zealand, Asia and Americas.