BoatUS ANGLER: Fishing How-To's
Seasonal Fishing Tactics
- Winter Beware - Kurt Dove
- Dressing For Cold Weather Fishing - Capt. Steve Chaconas
- What Are You Doing This January? - Kurt Dove
- Smallmouth Bass Fishing In Snow - Lee McClellan
- Top Ten Tips for Winter Fishing
- Fishing Deep Water in Winter - Jay Yelas
- Bass Fishing in Cold Weather - Steve Chaconas
- 3 Structures to Target This Winter - Scott Suggs
- The Snow May Be Flying, But Fishing Season's Still Here - Lee McClellan
- It's Cold But the Fish Are Feeding - Kurt Dove
- Spring Up But Slow Down - Kurt Dove
- Spring Spinnerbaits - Rob Brewer
- Fishing for Spawning Bass - Jay Yelas
- Summer Hot Spots
- Post Spawn Finesse - Kurt Dove
- Reproducing What's Working - Kurt Dove
- Keeping Heat-Stressed Bass Alive in Summertime Tournaments
- Shade Fishing - Scott Suggs
- Fishing the Post Spawn - Scott Suggs
- The Summer Conundrum of Suspended Bass
- Winding Down Summer Doesn't Mean Fishing Stops - Bob Jensen
- Summer Change-Up's For More Fish - Bob Jensen
- Blade Your Way to Mid-Summer Eyes - Ron Anlauf
- Hot Weather Bass Fishing - Ed Harp
- Detecting Signs of Fall Fishing - Kurt Dove
- November=BIG Musky Time! by Joel DeBoer
- Fall Fishing Patterns - Mike Iaconelli
- Fall Prime Time To Go Fishing On Lake Erie - D'Arcy Egan
- Big Fish For Fall - Bob Jensen
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!