Fall bass fishing is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of year to be fishing for bass. It is in the fall that bass are eating everything they can to fatten up for the winter and that’s good news for you! This article is going to give you the tips and information you need to be successful at fall bass fishing.
During the summer bass tend to stay in deeper water and don’t move around too much. Fishing is hard at this time. This is because the water is too warm and too low in oxygen for them to be chasing your lure around. In the fall however, the ambient temperature is cooling down which means the shallow waters will go from being too hot to nice and cool because they are the first waters to cool down. With the drop in temperature comes an increased oxygen level. What does this mean for the fisherman? It means that bass will be much more active and very likely to spend their energy chasing prey. More oxygen means their metabolism has quickened and they can eat more. Combine this with the fact that bass actually MUST eat as much as they can to prepare for winter hibernation then you can see why fall bass fishing is your best bet at catching bass since the spring time.
Water temperature is key for fall bass fishing. I recommend bringing a water thermometer with you because it is so important to know what temperature range the waters you are fishing are in. You can expect to find bass in the shallows when the water temperature there drops below 80. You will probably find that the best fall bass fishing is from about 60-70 degree water. This is the comfort zone. Bass will feed between 50-80 degrees but 60-70 is prime. When fall bass fishing, start in shallow water with this temperature range.
The best thing about fall bass fishing is that if you are able to locate the bass, you should have no trouble catching them. They will eat just about anything now but you still want to be sure to use the right colors and the right retrieve speed. Even though their energy has increased, it may still not be enough to go charging after you fast reeling lures so I would recommend a retrieve that’s just a little on the slow side. Crankbaits are an excellent choice for fall bass fishing. Regarding color, mimic the area’s natural baitfish as best as possible.
As the season progresses the bass will gradually be moving back deeper. The shallow waters are going to become too cold for them before too long and your fishing will become a little more challenging. Try looking for points that extend from shallow to deep water. These are ideal places to focus your efforts because the bass and baitfish alike will be staying close to the cover they provide and will use it to go into the deeper water. In any time of the fall bass fishing season, you should be looking for structure and cover. This is where bass like to hide and ambush prey but more importantly it is where the baitfish like to hang out. And where there is baitfish there are bass. If you are having some trouble finding structure in deeper than usual water, heres a little trick I like to use: look for diving birds that seem to be focusing on a particular spot. They are diving for baitfish that could possibly be stirred up by attacking schools of bass.