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Sand Hollow

Rating - Fair   

Saturday, Jan 14 2023
Fishing forecast (December through March): Consult the Sand Hollow State Park website for boat ramp hours. Largemouth bass are less active during cold months, but some nice bass can still be caught during the winter. These fish are typically found in deep water (20 to 40 feet) and generally respond only to slow presentations. Warm, sunny days are best since bass are very sensitive to inclement weather. Bluegill and black crappie are often more active during the winter, so you may find some fair fishing if you can find a school of panfish. Look for bluegill and crappie to be suspended over deeper water.One important note for cold weather bass fishing: Largemouth bass are often found in deep water (20 to 40 feet) during the winter. A bass brought up from depths over 20 feet often struggles to swim back down because its air bladder overinflates with the reduced water pressure at the surface. Some anglers like to "fizz" the fish by inserting a needle in the fish's side and deflating the air bladder. While the fish may swim away, this is highly discouraged because puncturing the air bladder makes it difficult for the fish to regulate its buoyancy until the puncture heals. Also, there is a high chance you may puncture other organs and infections may occur at the wound or internally. A better alternative is to use a descending device or a weighted milk crate (tied upside down to a rope) to carry the fish back down to the depth where you caught it.




Saturday, Jan 14 2023



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Sand Hollow Weather

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Largemouth bass are very active. Various techniques have been producing. The key is to find the fish and use a bait you are confident in. The Ned rig is increasingly popular and productive this year. The Ned rig is half a Senko threaded on a jig head. Wacky-rigged Senkos, swim baits, spinner baits, dropshots, and crayfish-imitating jigs can all be productive. Try fishing early and late to avoid the heat and pleasure boat traffic

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Sand Hollow


Rating - Fair

Fishing forecast (December through March): Consult the Sand Hollow State Park website for boat ramp hours. Largemouth bass are less active during cold months, but some nice bass can still be caught during the winter. These fish are typically found in deep water (20 to 40 feet) and generally respond only to slow presentations. Warm, sunny days are best since bass are very sensitive to inclement weather. Bluegill and black crappie are often more active during the winter, so you may find some fair fishing if you can find a school of panfish. Look for bluegill and crappie to be suspended over deeper water.One important note for cold weather bass fishing: Largemouth bass are often found in deep water (20 to 40 feet) during the winter. A bass brought up from depths over 20 feet often struggles to swim back down because its air bladder overinflates with the reduced water pressure at the surface. Some anglers like to "fizz" the fish by inserting a needle in the fish's side and deflating the air bladder. While the fish may swim away, this is highly discouraged because puncturing the air bladder makes it difficult for the fish to regulate its buoyancy until the puncture heals. Also, there is a high chance you may puncture other organs and infections may occur at the wound or internally. A better alternative is to use a descending device or a weighted milk crate (tied upside down to a rope) to carry the fish back down to the depth where you caught it.


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