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JackstrawIII

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Hey guys, I live in upstate NY and am doing my best to learn how to find bass at different times of the year. My primary information source is Youtube... and I have two questions:

 

1. When does the "fall pattern" start? By that I mean, when fish start pulling off of deeper, grassy cover and towards shallow, hard cover? All the Youtube guys say this is a solid pattern, the bass move shallow to follow the baitfish and start relating to hard cover. But when does that start? Last time I fished (last week), they were still over grassy flats.

 

2. What Youtube channels do you guys follow who talk about Northeast fishing specifically? I've watched a lot of channels and learned a lot, but most of the guys do most of their fishing in the south and central parts of the country. It's hard to know what applies to me, and what doesn't because most of the info doesn't necessarily apply specifically to our climate and weather up here. Any tips on channels I should be watching? 

 

Thanks guys! 

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3 minutes ago, JackstrawIII said:

2. What Youtube channels do you guys follow who talk about Northeast fishing specifically? I've watched a lot of channels and learned a lot, but most of the guys do most of their fishing in the south and central parts of the country. It's hard to know what applies to me, and what doesn't because most of the info doesn't necessarily apply specifically to our climate and weather up here. Any tips on channels I should be watching? 

Not northeast specifically - but one guy I follow is 'Matt Johnson Outdoors'. He's a local guide here in the Minneapolis area and puts out a weekly report on Sunday about where the bass are and what's catching them.

 

You're close to the same latitude as us, so the climate isn't as dissimilar as those southern guys.

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It is all about water temp.! It is still a little early for the fall feed. Once you get a few consecutive nights of temps in the 50's the fish know and will tell you! It's coming! 

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What part of upstate NY are you in? I fish the capital region and the Adirondacks. Fish are definitely in their fall pattern as of now. Days are shorter and the water temps are rapidly cooling. I’m getting less bites from deeper weed edges, and more bites on timber. The milfoil and hydrilla are starting to die back. Look for grass that is still green, like elodea, large-leaf pond weed, or lily pads. 

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4 hours ago, Jar11591 said:

What part of upstate NY are you in?

I grew up in Delmar (just south of Albany) and used to spend a lot of time up in the Adirondacks, but I live in Central NY now, between Roc and Syr up near Lake Ontario. 

I think you're right, things are changing up here too. Starting to get a lot more bites on moving baits and topwaters in very shallow water now vs earlier in the summer. 

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