The Fall season brings shorter days, less traffic on the lakes, and some amazing Fall Bass Fishing. For myself I’m a big time Bowhunter and I find it hard to get on the water in the fall, But it more than worth it when I can make it happen. Most anglers will find that many of lures and techniques used over bedding bass in May will have little or no effect in October. While this can frustrating, knowing where to look and what lures to use will help you be more successful on the water this fall.
In this article, I’m going to share the best techniques and patterns that I use to be successful, but I want you to keep in mind that it takes little more than just going to the lake with a spinnerbait to catch hundreds of bass in the fall. But under normal circumstances it does mean this…Largemouth will almost always repeat the same migration routes that they used in the spring. If you will stop right there, and think about that for a moment it will give you some real insight where you can begin your search for Fall Transition Bass. Let’s examine this fact a little further.
Before we get started I want you to know that I have an amazing podcast on the subject of Fall Bass Fishing where I interview Gene Jensen (aka the Flukemaster) and he shares some awesome tips that are sure to help you out this fall.
Where to find Bass in the Fall
In the Fall bass can be found in same areas that they were during the spring spawning season. Most often bass will be found in the shallows and flats, looking to feed. Using a search baits such as Spinnerbaits and Square Bill Crankbait is a get choice for fall bass fishing. As long as these streams and backwaters of the lake have a lot of cover and fresh water running into the lake you will find the bass.
If weather patterns are normal, the fall season will bring us rain and falling temps. Fall also will bring “Cold Fronts” that will have a day to day affect on bass movement. Influx of fresh water will almost always result in greater oxygen levels, a greater baitfish population within the creeks, which in turn results in bass following the baitfish into these areas. When fishing new bodies of water in the fall think shallow running water.
Best lures for fall Bass Fishing
Spinnerbaits: Spinnerbaits are often referred to as “the most versatile” lure because they can be fished in nearly any condition, year ’round. They can be fished in winter, summer, fall, spring, hot water, cold water, muddy water and even clear water; from just under the surface to as deep as you want to fish it.
Square Bill crank baits: have got a lot of attention lately, but they’re really not anything new. In fact, they’re one of the oldest crankbait designs on market. That being said, don’t let their age make you think they’re irrelevant, because they still pack a powerful punch and should be one of the top tools in your bass fishing arsenal.
Lipless crankbait: With a subtle wobbling action, vibrating rattles that appeal to a fish’s lateral line, and plenty of flash in the water, lipless crankbaits have long been a favorite lure among the fishing community. They’re such reliable lures and any angler should make sure to keep a few on them whenever they hit the water.
Jerkbait: During the early fall jerkbaits can be fantastic baits to catch the transitioning bass in the changing season. Many anglers think of the jerkbait as a late winter early spring tactic for bass, but many anglers use these baits to catch suspended open water bass in the early fall as they feed on the baitfish that are found located in the upper water column from ten to twelve feet deep.
Swimbaits: Shad and fall bass go hand in hand. The shad congregate and move up into the creeks this time of year, and the bass follow the baitfish in big numbers. In the realm of soft-plastic lures, nothing imitates a shad better than a soft swimbait colored and sized to match the hatch.
Fall bass fishing lure color selection
When it comes to lure color selection in the Fall the same rules apply, just the same as anytime other time of year.
Clear water: Think camouflage, The more natural the color the better. I like to match my lures to the color of the bottom of the lake or keep them very natural looking to mimic native baitfish. One time I match the color so well I could see the lure until I reeled it in and I had a very good day on the water.
Stained/Muddy Water: When I fish stained or muddy water I go with much brighter colors such as chartreuse or bright red. Visibilty is going to be much lower and you need to get their attention.
Fall Bass Fishing Tips
When you’re heading out for a day of fall bass fishing, it’s not necessary to bring your every lure you own with you. Stick to the basics we spoke of above and you’ll catch more bass then what you’ll know what to do with.
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