As the water temperatures reach into the low 70’s and the high 60’s, fish become more active and move to more shallow waters to follow baitfish schools for food to store body fat for winter.
When fish are in these water temperatures, it is a great time to be on the water fishing for crappie, walleye, musky, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. I like to fish for all these fish and have been blessed enough to catch them all over the past few years. Many anglers wait all year for the great fall fishing to start.
Up until now, this year has been tough. We have had so much rain and cold front conditions, and in fishing a cold front will shut fishermen down not matter what time of the year it is. Going into this week, we had the continuous days of nice stable and mild fall weather that really turns the fish to feeding.
If you find yourself fishing during a cold front it will be tough, but there are things you can do to help yourself. First, slow everything down and go smaller and lighter on your bait and tackle. During a cold front, fish will move a little deeper and hold closer to some type of cover and will not move as far to chase bait. Therefore, look for areas close to the bank where deeper water is close by, such as a channel or the edge of a flat. Look for some type of cover or structure, such as a point or hump, and fish slower-moving baits including jigs and worms or tube baits. Slowly work the baits tight to and into the cover for best results.
If the weather is nice and the fish are active you can throw faster moving baits that cover a lot of water quickly. Crank baits, spinner baits, buzz baits or some type of top water bait all work well for active bass.
Plan a trip soon and good fishing.