This is the time of year that the weather is changing and the whole look and feel of the outdoors is different. Most lakes are dropping to winter pool and the temperatures of the water and air are falling. All of these things affect fish and their feeding and movement habits majorly.
As the water is drawn from the backwater areas the fish are forced to move to main lake areas and main lake cover. Because of the cooler water temperatures, fish such as bass, crappie, walleye and muskie will hold closer to the banks and in shallower water and will become more active as the water cools. All of this is part of the late summer/early fall pattern, or as some fisherman call it a transitional time.
This simply means during a change in a season and its effect on fishing at that time. This is the start of some of the best fishing of the year for some species. It seems to start with the crappie moving toward shallow cover when the water temps move close to the mid-70s. Then in mid-fall the muskie move into the river areas of lakes and around main lake coves and the largemouth bass start to become more active on faster moving baits such as crank baits, spinner baits, jerk baits and top waters like buzz baits.
Bass will move very shallow and close to the banks in the fall and can be very active at times. Also the walleye will feed more in the cooler shallower water during the fall months.
Try slow drifting live minnows, or night crawlers close to creek channels or the edges of drop offs. Walleye will move along these types of areas looking for a meal. Then later in the fall and into most of the winter the best fishing of all starts when the smallmouth bass season starts. Lakes such as Dale Hollow, Lake Cumberland and many others are popular with smallmouth anglers.
This coming fall season has something for every angler and the fishing should get better and better as the fall goes on. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait.
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