For most people, the fall is no time for fishing. Most assume that it is hard to find fish as the temperatures continue to decline. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Even though the cold generally makes many fish inactive, temperatures are generally not that low in early fall. In fact, this is the perfect time to fish for bass. The water temperatures are just right and the bass are feeding aggressively for the winter. Many experienced bass fishers swear that early fall is the best time to catch bass.
Additionally, fewer people like fishing in colder weather so fishing pressure is relatively low during the fall. This makes this one of the most productive fishing season.
When you are out to catch bass, the kind of lures you use determine whether or not you will catch the fish. There are certain bass lures that are more suited for bass fishing in the fall than others. Some of the best baits for bass include the following:
During the fall, bass feed mostly on shads. It therefore makes plenty of sense to use bait that resembles the prey. Some of the best bass lures are jigs. Although to most people the bait closely resembles crawfish, sometimes bass mistake it for shads and pounce on it.
You can improve the effectiveness of this bait by adding a bit of color. This makes the lures resemble the natural prey closely and the bass cannot resist the temptation. Since bass feed aggressively during fall, you can make your bait all more attractive by creating a movement pattern. Slowing things down and then suddenly moving the bait fast is sure to get attention of the fast moving fish.
However, in the later parts of the fall, you would be better off moving your bait slowly and steadily across the waters to match the slow pace of the bass.
Another great bass lure for the fall is Jerkbait. Its major advantage is its random and unexpected motion. It works particularly well if you are fishing in a place where there are plenty of natural shad, and you simply need to get the attention of the bass. The eccentric and random motions of the Jerkbait are certain to attract the attention of the bass, and the more curious ones will often want a bite of the unusual baitfish.
To make your lure even more eccentric, it helps to add a dash of lighting. The light will make the bait all the irresistible, and the effects of the light combined with jerky motions is the absolute definition of striking.
Nobody likes to struggle much for food, and bass are not any different. This is why worms make such great bass lures. They look so vulnerable and bass find them easy prey, so they will eat as many worms as they find along the way. The assumed vulnerability of finesse worms is what makes them extremely deadly fishing weapons.
One of the best colors for finesse worms is green pumpkin. This is because it is quite a natural looking color, particularly in murky waters. In clearer waters, choosing a brown color works better. In particular, watermelon seed brown works really well as it is very natural looking.
One of the most conventional fall base lures is a swimbait. These work really well for those who are out to catch the big fish, rather than those who want to catch a large number of fish. The swimbaits are made to resemble real life fish so that bass have a hard time telling the difference. Some of the most common swimbaits are made to look like rainbow trout, while others are spitting images of bluegills.
The best place to cast your swimbaits is in shallow waters especially in early fall. At this time, the bass are starting to swim up since the water is uniformly cool. In the summer, they swim deep into the sea to get away from the excess heat. Once the waters cool down, the no longer need to be so deep so it’s better to place your lures where the bass can easily get to them.
There are countless lures you can use to catch bass during the fall, but those discussed above are without doubt the best. Be sure to try them out for a productive bass fishing session in the fall.