This is the time of year to fish a little slower and a little deeper than you do in the warmer weather.
There are plenty of baits that work good in this cooler type of weather. Baits like jigs and tube baits and baits that can be worked slow and deeper will do best.
Fishing will be slower and tougher during this time of year and anything you can do to help is a big plus.
Most of the game fish like the bass and crappie will hold tight to heavy cover and will not move far to chase a bait. Look for areas that have deeper, heavy cover. These type of areas will produce the best. On some lakes deeper may only be 8 to 10 feet deep, and on some deeper lakes it may be 20 feet or more.
Try using smaller jigs like a 3/8 ounce or smaller. I prefer a hair jig over a rubber jig this time of year, but both will work.
Darker and natural colors seem to do best. After you feel the bait make contact with the bottom or the cover, start to very slowly work the bait with slow twitches and bounces. Watch your line and feel the rod for any type of movement and set the hook if you feel anything.
This is a tough time to fish, just have fun and be safe.