Find Bass near flats but adjacent to deep water during fall fishing in lakes, streams

By Don Ingram
   Fall fishing is at its best during September and October.
   Whether fishing a reservoir or river and stream, topwater action is at its best during this time of year. Bass are positioned near the flats but adjacent to deep water.
   An angler can increase their chances of catching fish by following a few simple tips.
   I always start the day with a topwater lure like a spook, pop-r, sammy, or buzzbait. Some of the biggest bites of the day will be on a topwater bait during the first two hours of daylight.
   I use a 6’6 medium action Shimano rod and Calcutta reel rigged with 17 pound CXX P-Line.
   When the weather has been stable for a few days or just before a weather front, bass will actively feed the entire day. Continue working a topwater bait through the day until the fish stop biting.
   If the bass stop coming to the surface, then change from a topwater bait to a Bandit crankbait or spinnerbait. Colors are not as important to the bass as they are the fisherman this time of year.
   I use a 30 minute rule during the fall. If I haven’t caught a fish on a lure in 30 minutes, I change the lure. The average fisherman casts the same one or two lures the entire day and at the end of the day claims the fish aren’t biting.
   Fish are creatures of habit and opportunity and will always feed under certain conditions. Match the right lure and technique with the right conditions and you’ll catch fish.
   If I do not receive a strike on a crankbait or spinnerbait after an hour, I’ll slow down and pitch or flip a 3/8 ounce Lunker Lure jig tipped with a Prowler trailer.
   I’ll look for isolated pieces of wood or cover next to deeper water.
   Bass will chase shad on shallow flats and can be caught on crankbaits and fast moving lures when they are active.
   When the fish are inactive, they’ll position around the first available cover near the flats.
   Bass tend to group together or school during the fall. If you fish down a bank or across a flat and catch one or two good fish, chances are there are several fish using the area.
   Slow down, use several different techniques and lures, and determine which lure produces the most strike.
   If you see an angler in a white and red Skeeter FX20 boat and Yamaha Four Stroke motor throwing a topwater bait on a flat in September, you can bet I’m catching fish.

Don Ingram publishes an outdoor article entitled “Outdoors with Don Ingram” that is printed in various publications throughout Kentucky. He is a two-time All-American qualifier. Don has been very successful competing in tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee. He has appeared on numerous outdoor television programs like, “Kentucky Afield,” Walmart’s “Great Outdoors,” and “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” aired on the Outdoor Life Network and the Outdoor Channel. Don is a Pro Staffer for the following companies: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Shimano G-Loomis Rods, Bandit Bait Company, Prowler Soft Plastics, Mustad, Optima Batteries, Lunker Lure, and P-Line.

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