I have been talking to many anglers and been reading updated fishing reports on lakes in our area and parts of Tennessee. All give good reports of fall fishing.
Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, walleye, stripers, musky and crappie are all fished for in the fall and early winter months. All are active in cooler water, will feed in shallow areas and feed a lot. So this makes it a great time to be out of the water.
Some of these fish will slow down some as the water gets into the mid- to low-50 degree range, but the smallmouth and crappie will remain active all winter on most lakes. As a matter of fact some lakes, such as Dale Hollow Lake that lies in Kentucky and Tennessee, have the biggest season for smallmouth bass in the cold winter months.
I have taken several trips to this lake in the winter and always caught good bass. As the water gets real cold the crappie will move some deeper and school on main lake points and around the mouth of creeks and streams. They will remain active on live minnows and small colored tube baits and jigs.
The smallmouth bass is my favorite cool weather fish to catch and the best fishing for them is still to come.