BoatUS ANGLER: Seasonal Fishing Tactics
Detecting Signs Of Fall Fishing
by Kurt Dove, BoatUS ANGLER Pro Staff
I often see the initial signs of Fall begin to happen in the fishing environment at the end of August and early Sept. The most common sight I see that occurs is on my Lowrance electronics. Baitfish begin to migrate from the bottom of the lake and start suspending in the water column. The second thing I notice is how much shorter the day light sticks around compared to just a few weeks ago. A third factor I take into consideration is the water temperature becoming cooler. Fish are on the move and in transition so this early part of the fall season can be a head scratcher… but once mother nature lines up and the fish see the opportunities begin to materialize the anglers are in for a good time!
For me I typically start keying on the shad movements. Many shad will begin a migration into the creeks as the water temps start to cool. I like to begin my fall and end my fall with shad imitation baits like topwaters, crankbaits, jerkbaits and swimbaits. These types of lures will keep you keyed in on what the fish are looking for… Shad!
Don’t be afraid to fish shallow but over deep water in the middle of creeks. Often times this is where you will find a large concentration of shad and therefore Bass. Slinging buzzbaits around shallow cover is also a great way to catch some bruisers in the fall. You might not get a lot of bites with the buzzbait technique but you will be happy with the quality.
The best tip I can give an angler when fishing crankbaits in the fall is to be erratic. Stop and go retrieves are important to eliciting strikes in the fall months because there is so much food available. When fishing swimbaits in the fall I like to wind them with some added speed this time of year to make them more effective.
Look for the signs of fall on your local lake and don’t get caught out there fishing deep when the bass might be moving up shallow sooner than you think!