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Fall/Winter Fishing Question

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I’m not sure if asking for advice/tips is allowed in this section, so if not I’m sorry moderators.

 

I’m in Western Arkansas. Temps are down to the 50’s now and my shift at work changed…so now I actually have time to fish in the afternoons at a local lake.

 

I don’t have a boat, so it’ll be bank fishing. Small mouth bass is what I hear most catch in this particular lake.  Lots and lots of dead trees to contend with from the bank, if that matters.

 

I’m trying to see what type of lure/bait would be recommended for this time of year with wind, cooler water, etc.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Yamamoto Senko or DShad both weightles and weedless.  To be more generic, any plastic stickbait or fluke style bait.  Second for me would be a spinnerbait.  

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Baby Brush Hog Watermelon Neon 😉

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i would say a craw on a shakey head would be a good bet

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I would say some kind of plastic with a tungsten weight rigged weed less. Or a weightless rigged senko is your best bet for any bites , also second the spinnerbaits or a jig. Cast parallel and change the retrieve. Or if you know depth try casting to the deep end and slowly brining it back in. 

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This time of year, I will use a lot of lipless crankbaits, squarebills, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits. Once the water gets to the lower 50s, I will focus more on lipless cranks and spoons.

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I would concentrate on those trees and riprap if its available . A  jig or texas rigged craw will pick those trees apart , add a top water or buzzbait to go over them and a spinnerbait to  go   through them .

 

If there is a rip rap bank or dam , I would use inexpensive sinking lures like a jig and grub , beetle spins, pre rigged  paddle tails ,etc.  Fan cast and let the lure sink to bottom , reel in slow and pause a couple of times . The lure  will follow the contour all the way back to the bank.  There will be a some snags,  so go inexpensive .

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You still have a ways to go to get to winter in your area. I'm quite a ways north of you and we caught all our fish this weekend in really shallow water on bladed jigs and spinnerbaits or flipping jigs into brush. 

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Thank you all for the advice!

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Squarebill crankbaits. Crank them until they collide with objects then stop reeling, give a 3 count then start reeling again. Smallies will hit when that bait starts moving again.

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Im in MA. we caught fish shallow at night on topwaters air temps 30s, then 2 days later same pond, fish shallow, on small swimbaits, they were in current feeding on young juvy herring.  biggest fish came way up the  pond where it turns into a small river. 

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