St. George fishing in winter can be tough, but Sand Hollow didn’t disappoint. On a quick morning shore fishing trip with @Instynctrings we caught some bass, and one was a toad! Here are the details of what we used, where we fished, and the things we learned to help you catch some wintertime bass in St. George.
St. George Fishing Wintertime
St. George fishing slows down a little bit in the wintertime, but Sand Hollow still can produce some fish if you know where, and what to use. Here’s the details of my shore fishing trip on the last day of December, of what to do to hopefully help you catch some bass. Included, in this post are the baits, a map of where we fished, plus some other pieces of information to help you “Krak” some bass!
St. George Fishing Winter Conditions
This trip to Sand Hollow winter fishing in St. George happened on December 31st. We arrived at the lake at 7am and fished until 9:30am. The lake opens at 7am in the wintertime, so don’t try to get there earlier. This excursion of stoke was just a shore fishing trip, but it proved fruitful. Here’s the conditions on our morning of fishing.
Paying attention to the conditions often helps when fishing other areas, with similar conditions. Hopefully, these tips here will help you out on knowing what to use on your lakes.
Bright, and Sunny. Fresh white snow crusted the ground. Air Temperature around 38 degrees in the morning.
0 – 8 mph. Started off flat calm, then the wind picked up as we were leaving.
44 degrees. Cold!
Stunningly clear. Visibility down around 15 feet.
St. George Fishing Best Baits
In such a limited amount of time, we didn’t try a lot of different options. Yet, we had just under a half dozen bites in only two hours of fishing. There are two different baits and set ups which worked for us. Here’s the details of those set ups for some St. George Fishing to help you in your adventures.
Float & Fly
The Float & Fly didn’t catch as many fish, but it produced the biggest bass of the morning. You can see the fish in the picture above. My float and fly set up consisted of a 1/8 oz grey ghost spro phat fly, a large slip bobber, and a knot line tie bobber stop. I placed the bobber stop 22 feet up the line, so the fly would suspend at that depth. In the winter a lot of fish suspend or lay right on the bottom deep in clear lakes. To see more about fishing the Float and Fly along with some video for how to set it up check out my previous post; Best Winter Bass Fishing Techniques
Weightless Texas Rig Senko
The Yamamoto Senko proved to be a solid option for winter fishing on the shores of Sand Hollow. All but one of the fish were caught on a watermelon red senko rigged weightless with a 4/0 hook. The key was to wait patiently for the bait to fall all the way to the bottom, and slowly crawl it along.
St. George Fishing Winter Shore Spots Sand Hollow
Here is where we fished on Sand Hollow from the shore in St. George for some decent action on a cold winter morning. This trip transpired on December 31st the last day of the year! It was a good way to finish out the year. All our fish were caught along the North Dam at a certain section. For some reason they seemed to be stacked up here. Here’s a google map of where we fished.
St. George Fishing Wintertime Sand Hollow Thoughts
Quite honestly, I was surprised how well we did from the bank on this trip. We specifically felt like the north dam of the lake would be the best place, since it received the most sunlight. Plus, the rocks tend to trap a little more heat. Our strategy proved fruitful, and after a little while we hooked up on a few fish.
Another thing we noticed when we were leaving is a large warm flow of water into the lake. The water was 67 degrees running into the lake. It really pushed up the water temperature, and probably would be worth trying as the water starts to warm up. We didn’t find anything in there when we tried it.
Additionally, on a later trip I saw some bass cruising up shallow in the afternoon on the Dam on the west side of the lake. Cool to see so many fish active in the lake even at this time of year. Hoping to go out again soon! Make sure to check out my other posts for winter fishing on Sand Hollow, and subscribe to the blog to keep the stoke juice flowing this season.
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Additional Fishing Resources
To further help you out on Sand Hollow bass fishing check out the professionally designed Sand Hollow Bass Fishing Guide eBook. It will help you identify where you can locate the bass on Sand Hollow during each season, and it provides several baits, and techniques to use at those times for getting bass to bite. There are two option to purchase one book with some video tutorials, or the book by itself. Click on the image below to learn more about what’s inside to help you catch fish on this lake.