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Indian Summer! What Do Bass Do?

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Hey everyone!

Has anyone had any experience fishing during an "Indian Summer"?

We've had pretty low temperatures (~60) and starting yesterday we are going to be in the mid 70's to low 80's the next 10 days.

I know the bass have started their fall feeding patterns so will this warmth increase their activity or just completely throw them off?

I'll probably stick with my weightless plastics (I fish from shore), but maybe also do some drop shot fishing if they're deep.

What are your thoughts?

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Hey everyone!

Has anyone had any experience fishing during an "Indian Summer"?

We've had pretty low temperatures (~60) and starting yesterday we are going to be in the mid 70's to low 80's the next 10 days.

I know the bass have started their fall feeding patterns so will this warmth increase their activity or just completely throw them off?

I'll probably stick with my weightless plastics (I fish from shore), but maybe also do some drop shot fishing if they're deep.

What are your thoughts?

Good question as I was wondering the same thing.

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I agree with Grey Wolf, those fish will be actively chowing for the winter. Spinnerbaits and cranks will be the ticket, I'm sure your weightless rig won't fail you. ;)

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The temp rising should stall the shad for a few Days so should the bass they will probly move deep in the middle of the say but morning an evening should still be good

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Yeah, once in a while I can get one with a spinnerbait, but I think from shore where I fish the plastics work best anytime of year.

I'm more wondering like zip pow said if the fish will move deep again, or stay shallow and active or what?

I know the rule of thumb is follow the bait fish in the fall but this place has bait fish everywhere! =p

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You mentioned that you were in the 60*'s and heading to high 70*'s - 80*'s. The fish should still be in the area. 60*'s is still a good temp to keep bass active. Have you taken a temp of your water?

Something to consider when the water temps gets really cold (low 50*'s and lower). Generally in fall and spring, shallow water will warm up faster than the main lake and baitfish will come in to feed. Bass won't be far behind. Look for the end of the lake that gets most of the sun.

With no shad in our waters here in the north, look for sunfish in the shallows, around points, areas ajacent to the main lake channel and creek arms.

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The lake is currently at 59*

It was lower last week. Mid 50* The water temperature really changes pretty quickly on this lake.

There are also no shad in this lake. TONS of sunfish though. I think the bass are pretty well fed.

Maybe I should downsize lures also? Maybe 3-4" plastics?

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The water in the coves are black with shad -- but, the thing that working for me are Wacky Senkos and shaky heads with 7 1/2 power worms. Can't buy a bite on a spinner or chatter bait.

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