Zander Fishing In Winter

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Zander fishing in winter

Even in winter, most anglers do not want to miss the chance of catching a fine zander. However, beginners quickly realise that winter pike-perch fishing must differ considerably from summer fishing in order to be successful. We will explain why this is so and how anglers can get the best results when fishing for zander in winter.

Behaviour of pike-perch in winter

As with other fish, pike-perch are also warm animals. Accordingly, the body temperature of fish adapts to the ambient temperature – unlike in humans or mammals. As the entire organism of warm animals shuts down in winter in order to save energy and thus ensure survival, pike-perch move very slowly in cold water and only cover short distances. The zander’s food intake is also reduced: instead of several times a day, as is otherwise usual in summer, the zander only go on prey migration once or twice a week in winter.

Which baits are best suited for zander fishing in winter?

Since zander in winter prefer a few large fish to many small prey due to the energy savings associated with hunting, the lure should be larger in winter than for zander fishing in summer. Rubber fish with a length between 12 and 20 centimetres have proven to be recommendable.

The correct use of bait is also crucial when fishing for zander in winter. The zander is a cautious fish that observes its prey well in advance. Anglers should therefore use the bait carefully: A few slow movements of the rubber fish at the bottom of the water is the most likely to give the zander the impression that it is a real prey. In addition to classic jigging, lazy fishing has also proven to be a good fishing technique for zander fishing in winter.

Anglers should also bear in mind that zander in winter look for their prey horizontally or slightly upwards. Accordingly, especially when fishing in daylight, you should use a line that is as inconspicuous as possible and does not frighten the zander. A fluorocarbon leader is therefore also very useful in winter.

Which lure colours work well in winter?

The right colour of bait for winter zander fishing depends mainly on the weather and the colour of the water. When the water is clear, it is best to use rubber fish in black and white, blue and white, brown, mother-of-pearl or in silver – although these should be muted tones.

In turbid water where the neutral tones are unlikely to be noticeable, you should instead choose shiny orange, fluo yellow, white or pink to draw the zander’s attention to the lure. If you decide to fish for zander in winter at dusk, you are also well advised to use lures in motor oil look, deep black or fluo green.

Biting times of zander in winter

When fishing for zander in winter the angler must also adapt to their behaviour as changeable warm creatures with regard to the biting times of the fish. For example, zander are least active at these times due to the low temperatures during the night and early morning. Once the fish have adapted to the light conditions, they then go on the prowl during the day – in some cases it is also possible to catch capital zander at dusk.

Stands in winter: Where are the zander?

The zander like it quiet in winter: areas with calm currents such as port entrances, tributaries or large groynes seem to attract zander especially in winter. And the fish also seem to like to form larger groups – so if you know the zander hotspots in winter, you can usually achieve good results and also land some capital fish. However, you need to invest a lot of patience and endurance to be successful in winter zander fishing.

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