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what baits to use on fall mornings in michigan

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Here's a couple of Fall morning Michigan largemouth:

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The bait: 3/8oz Megastrike Cavitron Buzzbait, black blade, black skirt.

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I've had a real tough summer, this is my 3rd summer fishing 2nd actively and it's been a heart breaking summer..  nothing has been working from swim/ Flippin jigs/ poppers/ walking baits/ spinners/ never caught anything on a T-rig..  just can't seem to catch anything over the dink 5-7" range..  just keeping them wet and hoping for the best..

 

Good luck to you my friend

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I just had a nice morning on a big lake in Branch County.  And where was I?  Fishing from the shore, flipping next to docks.  First I found a bunch of baitfish.  Why would bass be hanging around without anything to eat?  I just bought a new worm and jig rod, so I was using that flipping weightless plastics (worm and craw presentations).  Caught quite a mess of LMB's, but to be fair, most of them where in the 1-2 pound range.  Only 3 of them where in the 3 pound range.  There where some bigger ones there, but they would not bite anything I had at that moment.  I finally tied on a natural colored jig with a craw trailer and got a real nice one to bite, however she made a nice jump and got of my hook.  

Just keep trying.  The first thing I do is find the bait that the bass are eating.  Whether it's craws, shad, or whatever.  Then I try to match that with my lures and hope for the best.  The area I was fishing this morning, the bass eat craws, small baitfish (mostly baby bluegill and perch), and big worms.  So it's not to hard to catch them when the bait is there and it's the right time of day.  Best time in my area of Southern Michigan is to start in the morning just before the sunrise.  Second best time is a couple hours before sundown.  Just remember to find a bunch of baitfish first, otherwise the bass may not even be there.

That's what works for me, happy lunker hunting!  

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Living in Southeastern Michigan the summer bitr has been tough.  We fished yesterday (9-18-16) in Cass Lake in Oakland County.  Tough day there too, but we had only 3 hours to fish.  We tried topwater, crawlers, cranks, jigs, spinners, poppers, frogs, (no live shad though).

My suggestion is like above, find the bait.  Could be shallow, moving upwards from deep or secondary points OR could be deep or suspended.  Cass Lake has massive 3 foot flats and pockets of 45-123 feet!  Water temp was 75F.  Still warm.  Our best luck was shallow near reeds and grass line in late evening before sundown which is at 8pm now.  Fish were in 3-4 feet of water there.  Night crawlers and spinners gave us something.

Best of luck.

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