I’m too old to believe in wishes — at least I thought I was. I had been asking for some cold weather and I got it. I’m not complaining because this is great. I would like it to last longer and get down more at night.

I’m too old to believe in wishes — at least I thought I was. I had been asking for some cold weather and I got it. I’m not complaining because this is great. I would like it to last longer and get down more at night.


The lake isn’t cooling down fast enough to suit me. The official temp is 58 and that’s still almost top water time. Buzz Baits come to mind. The water down deeper is still warm. That would be where the fish seem to be.


I haven’t had my boat in the water since the cold started but I’m fishing a lot off boat docks and in friends’ boat houses. In the times that I fished this week Black Bass were scarce — like ‘none.’


I saw two boats out. One belonged to a bass club member, Shane, who said they were taking a bass whipping. But his state of the art LCR showed fish hugging the bottom. Normally a Jigging spoon dropped in their faces will get hit.


As we talked his partner caught two small silver fish on a Cordell Spoon. This was Tuesday. Monday I had caught several nice, although not huge, stripers and a big Sandbass fishing off and in some boat houses.


Striper and sandbass would hit my Cotton Cordell jigging spoon. The Spoon this time of year will also catch anything on the bottom and in boat stalls. There are lots of things down there to catch, and not always fish. I lost two spoons and that’s all I had brought with me.


Sunday morning I also caught a few silver fish off a dock. Wednesday I was planning on taking the boat out, I thought. I was almost close enough to hook it up when Susan said her daughter’s car wouldn’t start. Nice guy I am I turned left instead of right and went to Pottsboro to jump her car off. It went out the door from there as I spent the rest of the day working and not fishing. It was one of those days we all have occasionally and I guess I was next in line.


My second wish also came true. I had been hoping for weather cold enough that I could burn some of my wood. There has been a fire going since the cold front hit and I’m still feeding it. I’ve also tapped the crown. I wish I had more to report but even the guides on my side of the lake aren’t making many trips.


The general feeling I pick up here and there is that fishing is slow; even the gulls are setting.


Every year I go into my prevent mode. This cold snap isn’t as bad as some of the ones we will be getting.


I’m going to suggest my regular things to do if you plan on not using your boat this winter. Even if you use it to fish in this winter these tips might save you some money.


First, tips for stowing your boat if you must leave it outside. Get a good cover for it. Tip the boat nose up pull the plug so water runs out. Put a 75-watt bulb in the battery and live well pump areas. Get good trickle chargers and leave them on. Cold and heat are death on a weak battery.


Be sure your motor is stored up and down, not on a motor toter — you don’t want water in the hub to freeze. Either check or hope there isn’t any water in your lower unit. You can warp it good and might be safe. You can also pull your batteries out and store them in a warm space.


This can be a lot of work so I personally opt for the light. Put ethanol stabilizer in your gas tanks. Even if you fish a lot in the winter the stabilizer is still a good idea as is battery care. If your boat is kept inside you probably won’t have to worry about some of the things above.


My number three wish that seems to have come true is birds at our feeders. They have showed up big time, even the Mexican white wing doves. They have already eaten up my spring leftover seed and I have to get 50 more pounds of black sunflower seeds.


Every bird I think likes them. Stay warm. I plan on fishing some next week and hope to have a better report for you. Happy Thanksgiving a day late.