Many fishermen, myself included, are looking forward to fall fishing and the cooler water temperatures that come with it, but we will have to wait a few more weeks for that.
At this time, the days are still very hot and the water is in the 83-degree range in most of our area lakes. This is the time of the year some people call late summer, but with the hot air and high water temperatures, most fish still hold their normal summer pattern.
You may ask, what does pattern mean and what does it have to do with fishing. The term has a double meaning in fishing. A pattern can be what fish should be doing based on the time of year, such as now fish are holding deeper in the cooler water during the day on cover and main lake structure and moving more shallow at night and in low light and over cast conditions.
The other meaning of fishing pattern is what you do to find and locate the most active and aggressive fish you can by using the right bait and the right presentation. Then when you repeat this same action over and over and continue to catch fish, you have established a fish catching pattern.
The best fishing pattern to catch fish such as bass, crappie, walleye and musky on some lakes is to fish during the peak feeding times at night, during low light conditions, and during overcast and foggy weather. Fish use this type of weather and darker skies to move to more shallow waters to feed and will become more active and easier to catch. A smart angler will use this knowledge and be in the right place at the right time and take advantage of this time.
Smart anglers are never afraid to use top water baits and buzz baits in low light and night conditions. A slowly reeled squeaky buzz bait can bring a heart stopping strike. You may also throw shallow running crank baits. Try to use a darker colored bait that has a built-in rattle. When bass are searching for food during low light conditions, they rely on the sound and vibration given off by a struggling bait fish or other bait and will hone in on these sounds and vibrations by the use of the nerves in the lateral line that runs the full length of a largemouth bass. So if an angler uses a bait that has a rattle or makes a noise, bass can find it quicker. All of this will help you catch more bass.
If you would rather go after crappie, try fishing at night and during low light conditions to increase your catch rate because crappie will use the shallow water cover and will feed more during this time of year.
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