Fall is again upon us and what better way to experience the cooler temperatures and changing leaves that bass fishing. Fall bass fishing can be a great experience if you are using the right lures and fishing the right spots for the season. The feeding habits of bass during this time can change as quickly as the autumn weather itself. By being prepared for the times when they will be feeding hard and heavy in preparation for the winter months and for the days when it looks like all of the bass have disappeared from the lake, you can optimize your chances of having a successful day on the lake.
Where to locate fall bass.
Bass are bass year round; this simply means that the mindset of a bass doesn’t change much from season to season. Their primary objective in fall is to eat. The only time of year this objective is clouded is during the spring spawn season, when their objective becomes to spawn and eat. As anglers, we rely on them wanting to feed; so our objectives fit nicely together.
To locate fall bass you need to determine where they are feeding. This can easily be done by determining where smaller bait fish are schooling in your lake. A fish finder can come in handy for locating schools of perch, bluegill and other pan fish that bass will feed on. It is also wise to take note of where the pan fishermen are bringing the most in. Make a mental note of these locations and give them a try when they open up.
As always, weed beds are important in figuring out where the bass are spending their time. The weeds themselves produce oxygen which will give the bass a little more pep, but the big draw is the smaller pan fish and minnows which will be feeding in the cover. Late fall is a particularly good time for fishing the deep weed beds because as the air temperature drops the bass go deeper to avoid the cold surface waters.
What to use for fall bass fishing.
Now that you know where the fall bass should be, what do you use to get them to bite? Well, you have to ask yourself, “What are they there to eat in the first place?” If the bass are feeding in an area heavily populated with shad, a medium diving shad colored lure would be appropriate. If your fish finder is going crazy for schools of perch, a perch colored lure would be appropriate.
A technique to draw out the big bass is to fish a lure such as a perch colored jointed Rapala in an area that is predominantly filled with shad. The big bass will be looking for something heartier to feed on, while the movement of a jointed Rapala will present to them what they will see as an easy target in an injured minnow.
Now that you know where to go and what to do, get out of the house and get in the boat so you can catch some nice fall bass!
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