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It's typical to have smallmouths congregate on humps and sunken islands that top out at 15 to 25 feet deep during fall in natural lakes. Finesse worms, grubs, soft jerkbaits and tubes on drop-shot rigs comprise one way to consistently connect with these bass. As the water gets colder, giving the lure less action becomes increasingly more important.
Trout move deeper in the water column to seek out cool water as summer sets in and surface waters warm. Trout often inhabit depths around the thermocline, the transition between the warm, oxygenated surface layer and the cool, low-oxygen lower layer.
After the spawn, big bass quickly move to offshore structure, where they hold along humps, ledges, or deep underwater points. They're ready to feed, so whet their appetite with a big deep-diving crankbait.
One key to successful fall fishing on natural lakes is targeting the edges of thick, green weedbeds. You can spot these edges where the vegetation grows almost to the surface. In deeper areas, use your sonar to find thicker clumps of grass.
Walleye jigging is about "feel". Feeling the bottom, feeling the bottom transistions, and most important feeling the walleye bite. Berkley Fireline can make you a better jig fisherman. Its no-stretch characteristics lets you feel everything that's happening-yet it casts smooth and has superior knot strength. With Berkley Fireline-Feel more bites, catch more walleyes-period!
During summer, bass hold in woody snags at the edge of islands and side channels of larger rivers, where they feed on shad that swim by in the current. To lure them out, cast a jig upstream and toward the bank, then work it back through the logs and trees with a swimming retrieve. Experiment with a steady retrieve much like a spinnerbait or a hopping action that sometimes triggers extra bites.
I am a power fisherman. Power fishing is a broad term used to describe using reaction style lures to cover vast amounts of water. Included in this power fishing style, my favorite way to catch bass is skip pitching and swimming a jig. Skip pitching involves using a conventional reel and getting a jig to skip far back under cover. Swimming a jig involves slowly pumping a jig at various depths horizontally through the water column.
On larger lakes like the Great Lakes, trout move shallow where shorecasters can target them with spoons and swimbaits. Good areas to fish include mouths of tributary rivers, points, and other access areas like piers.
One of the simplest, most efficient, and most effective ways for walleyes during fall is shorecasting at night. Walleyes move into current areas, onto shallow shoals, or along weededges to feed once waters cool, weeds begin to die, and baitfish become more vulnerable.
A livebait leech, minnow, or nightcrawler suspended below a float (bobber) is one of the most efficient ways to target walleyes that are gathered in relatively confined areas. Shallow, windswept rock reefs are one common gathering area for walleyes during late spring and throughout summer.