Denis Peirce: Winter bassing at Bullard’s Bar

Colin Peirce with a spotted bass on Bullard’s Bar.

Denis Peirce: Winter bassing at Bullard’s Bar

A spotted bass caught on jig.

Denis Peirce: Winter bassing at Bullard’s Bar

Bill McCrea fishing "Float & Fly" near stream mouth.

Denis Peirce: Winter bassing at Bullard’s Bar

Floats and flies for bass fishing on Bullard’s Bar.

January is a tough month to get motivated to leave a nice warm house. I find myself caught up in the inside digital world and forget about the “real world” that continues outdoors. Maybe fishing is just the excuse to get out, but it works for me.

Based on other commitments, Wednesday of this week was the day I could get away. Bullard’s Bar is close to home and I had not fished it since last winter. Colin and I met Bill McCrea in Grass Valley and arrived at Bullard’s after 9 a.m. Even at that hour we were the first truck and trailer at the dam launch ramp. The weather was clear and crisp in the morning with showers predicted for the afternoon. The ride up the lake was chilling at 30 miles per hour and I was glad when we stopped.