Fall starts when the air and water temps start dropping from the summer's Mid 80's and 90's to the mid 70's. The days become shorter and there is less sun light. These are all triggers for the Bass to instinctively know the fall is here. The fish do the same thing every year. They go through the 3 stages of fall.
• Early Fall Patterns
• Mid Fall Patterns "The Feeding Frenzy"
• Late Fall transition - Fish heading to the Winter pattern
1. Early Fall Pattern:
Where are the bass at you ask? They start moving from deeper water. They are following the bait. Where the bait goes the Bass go. The bait is going to make a shallow movement upward towards creeks, pockets, shoals and humps. you want to look for the stopping places. These bass are going to stop on points, docks, lay-downs and even points of grass. Try tossing some cranks, jigs and even topwater.
2. Mid Fall Pattern: "The Feeding Frenzy"
Air and water temps are really starting to drop now. You are seeing 70's or even60's. Time to break out the hoodies and gaiters. Short days now have the bass following bait deep into the creeks, pockets, shoals, humps and flats. You should be able to grab them on spinner baits, cranks, top water. They are feasting now! But unfortunately this all comes to an end and goes into the 3rd transition. The most tricky of the 3 phases. Late fall!
3. Late Fall Transition: the water and air temps are dropping even more and the bass are heading out of the creeks and pockets and off the shoals and flats. WINTER is coming and the fish know it. This isn't sooo bad because guess what? They are coming back the same way they came in. They will stop at all the same points, lay-downs, docks and other cover they hit on the way in. The bass will not be feasting but most likely they will be all stacked up! If you find them it wont be hard to #GETHOOED. Then comes the winter pattern and I chase the big crappie and perch!