The cooling weather of the fall brings is a welcome and refreshing change for most people. Gone are the afternoons of sweating under a beating sun while in search of a good fishing spot. With these seasonal temperature changes comes behavior changes in fish. Your strategy need to change to continue to have successful and fun fishing trip. . Reviewing and practicing these tried and true tips below will lead you to fall fishing success.
1. What’s for Dinner?
Like fishing at any other time of year, your choice of lures must imitate the natural prey. The difference in the fall is the size of these baits. The bait fish are now mature from a summer of growing therefore, you can use larger baits and in turn catch larger fish.
2. Catching a bite to eat
Bait fish migrate at the cooler weather sets in so to find the bass, you need to find the bait fish. Seek fishing spots deep in coves and further back in streams to find the bait fish on the go. Where the bait is, so are the bass!
3. Dinner is served
The migrating bait fish are the perfect dinner, so for lures, your best bet is to emulate bait fish with crankbaits and topwaters. It can be said over and over again, the key here is bait fish, bait fish, bait fish. Crankbaits and baits like Rat-L-Traps are sure to score.
4. Shore thing
Cooler temperatures drive coldblooded bass to the warmer waters close to shore. Use lures that can be cast tight upon shore. If bobber fishing, be sure to set your bobber short to allow distance for the baited hook to fall to the lake floor.
5. Being Shallow is a Good Thing
As you seek out bass in the warmer waters close to shore, try working your way back into shallow coves and remote creek shores. These are great options as bass will retreat to these areas for warmth and food.
6. Dress for Chill
Fall temperatures are unpredictable so for a comfortable fishing trip, be sure to dress appropriately. Layers are a great option to leave you prepared for an unexpected cold snap or an Indian summer afternoon.
7. Practice Persistence
Due to the impending hibernation period, bass can be found aggressively feeding. Therefore, if you don’t happen upon a goldmine of bass upon first cast, be patient and wait because you will likely catch one of these feeding frenzies.
8. Silver Lining in Cloudy Days
Because bass are more actively feeding in the fall, cloudy days no longer mean lousy fishing. Just remember to continue your big bass hunting in shallower pockets of water.
9. Timing is everything
Midday fishing is better than morning for bass fishing for a number of reasons. Early morning fog due to the crisp autumn air can be troublesome as you try and run down the lake to your favorite fishing hideaways. Bass are also a bit slower as the weather cools so sleep in an extra hour or two to improve your next fishing trip.
10. Spring Forward, Fall Back
It may seem like common sense, but as the summer turns into fall, the days get shorter. This will cut into your evening fishing time so plan your outings accordingly. Keep in mind that with earlier sunsets prime fishing may be shortened in the evening and packing up to go home may suddenly be happening in the dark.
As elusive as bass are, they are at the same time very simple. To find fall fishing success, pay attention to how the season affects the basics. Bass seek bait fish all year, but in the fall these prey are on the move to shallower water and have grown into larger fish. Where the bait goes, so will the bass so follow the bait fish and bass into remote creek arms and shallow coves. Take into account comfortable gear, and a well timed trip, and fall bass fishing will yield great catches as well as great scenery!
Personal Interview, Kim Becker, PA Angler