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With september approaching and falling temperatures coming up what techniques catch you the most fish in the fall? 

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All I can think about reading your post is that we must live in totally different places cuz right now its 90 degrees in the shade here in Alabama

 

Too your question, fall for me is all about shad. Spooks, crankbaits and really anything white.

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The only thing falling around here is my sweat.

 

I'm a fan of buzzbaits in early/mid fall if the water's flat, and if there's some wind I'm going to be chucking cranks till my arms fall off.  Jerkbaits are unbeatable later in the fall if you have good water clarity.

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Here in PA, it's been staying hot late into September and even October.  Are you fishing largemouth or smallmouth?  In my experience, early fall is less about which bait as it is simply finding the fish.  Early fall can be really hot fishing and almost your entire tackle box comes into play.  Later into the fall, more finesse stuff and slower, more natural presentations tend to be key.  If you live on or near water where a lot of forage dies going into the fall (shad/herring, especially) that can make a great pattern.  Late fall, fish will be deep or on their way deep and in rivers, moving away from current into protection from current in deep water, bays, behind points, oxbows, etc.

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In Central NH, the bite is already picking up.  Temps as night have been cooler and yesterday it was 51* at day break.  Think we are in for an early Fall.........if that's the case almost anything works and top water can play a bigger role.

 

For me it is time to try some techniques I have neglected so far.

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I dont expect a much different bite than what I have experienced all summer but one never knows how the bass are going to act . 

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 I caught my PB a few years back on a green pumpkin jig  in late Nov. Oct is not bad, but the bite here seems better in Nov, for me anyway. Spinnerbaits /Jigs in the fall for me.

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I don't have Fall fishing techniques

I don't have Winter fishing techniques

I don't have Spring fishing techniques

I don't have Summer fishing techniques

 

I do have bass fishing techniques

 

I adjust locations accordingly ;)

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No difference from season to season, month to month or day to day..

Same areas same baits

 

 

 

 

 

Mike 

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As traditional Fall approaches depending on your location, you will get a feeding frenzy once the water hits a certain temp and the Bass (green and brown) know winter is on it's way.  As the water temperatures cool, you need to slow your presentation, no matter what you throw and eventually follow them to where they will spend their winter (relatively speaking).  

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Understand what the predominate prey species is in your body of water and how that species relates to structure & cover with each passing season...morning, noon, and night.

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Fall is the time of the year where fast moving baits are king for me. I get them to chase on shallow water, similar to prespawn, except fall experiences a longer window of this aggreesiveness. Wake baits (Rebel Wake-R and micro Chatterbaits) are fun in ponds. Jitterbugs at night are a must in the early fall. Most common lures I use in Fall are squarebills. I like to burn them back and pause for exactly 2 seconds. Repeat. 

 

Lipless cranks and Chatterbaits are king too. I like to retrieve how I described with the square bills. Fall is my favorite season to fish AZ, especially for Channel Cats!

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1 hour ago, Catt said:

Understand what the predominate prey species is in your body of water and how that species relates to structure & cover with each passing season...morning, noon, and night.

 

In my case its shad and they are everywhere . Some days they are shallow , deep , on the main lake , in the creeks  ... I dont know if they can be patterned.

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3 minutes ago, scaleface said:

 

In my case its shad and they are everywhere . Some days they are shallow , deep , on the main lake , in the creeks  ... I dont know if they can be patterned.

 

Search under The Best Of for "Know Thy Shad I & II" ;)

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9 hours ago, Catt said:

I don't have Fall fishing techniques

I don't have Winter fishing techniques

I don't have Spring fishing techniques

I don't have Summer fishing techniques

 

I do have bass fishing techniques

 

I adjust locations accordingly ;)

this.......and nothing else......

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I remember, I got a pretty good bites in September especially in early morning last year. I plan to fish more aggressively this year with big swimbait, Fluke, jerkbait and will mix in jig'n'craw from time to time.

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Cool responses lol , for me its running crankbaits along weed edges midday when the water warms up a bit. I find fall fishing for bass in ontario to be my most successful cuz they are more aggressive in the midday !

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I enjoyed throwing squarebill and chrome Rat-L-Trap when they were back in coves chasing shad last year. 

I didn't own one at the time but imagine a Whopper Plopper could be good too. 

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I usually start bringing a jacket with me.  Sometimes those Sept. mornings are cold.

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I have a fall tactics related question.  All of the articles I read talk about baitfish migrating away from open water and going to creek arms, but most of the lakes in the area I fish (Pacific Northwest) that doesn't directly apply.  They are mostly between 100-200 acres and bowl shaped with no sigificant creek arms.  Also, there are usually not shad, instead I think the primary forage is bluegill and bass fry.  

 

How do those fall patterns apply to a more bowl shaped, smaller body of water where the primary forage is bluegill?  Primary cover are docks, laydowns, some small lily pad fields and underwater grass.

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