Here's The TRUTH About Bass Fishing In The Fall And Not Catching Anything - Break The Cycle! These Fall Bass Fishing Tips Work FAST
Since the weather cools down in the fall I notice I tend to go fishing a lot more. Most other anglers (who also happen to be hunters) are in the woods this time of year. This gives me the lake to myself!
However, fall fishing was very difficult for me to figure out in the beginning.
It seemed like the bass were scattered all over the place. They would be in a specific location one day, and be gone the next.
To make matters worse, when I did find bass I watched them following my lures, but not biting!
I tried a variety of baits, and the bass were interested but not willing to hit. Jigs, worms, flukes, and crankbaits were all rejected.
On many days, I would leave the lake frustrated, not catching a single fish.
That was then I discovered this secret I noticed pro anglers and expensive guide were keeping it to themselves.
What is that secret to fall bass fishing? Well I’m about to tell you…
To be honest, it’s a combination of several factors…
The first is knowing what lures work the best in the fall, accurately mimic what prey the bass are feeding on, which allows them to get the most performance out of the lure.
The second is to gain mastery in the art of what colors and patterns work best in the fall, so they can attract more bass, which allows them to avoid spooking any bass from biting.
The third is understanding the fall turn-over is and how it affects the lake, so they know how to present a specific lure, so they can stay away from areas that won’t hold bass.
The fourth is being able to catch all those bass that were suspended during the summer, which are now the largest bass in the lake, and are currently moving up and fattening up for the autumn. That means not only will you have the lake to yourself, but you could catch your personal biggest and best fish!
And much, MUCH, more…
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A Newbie's Background On Fall Bass Fishing…
Let me share a quick story with you…
There I was, a newbie angler desperately trying to catch bass.
Thing is, at the time I was trying to figure out where to find bass and to know what lures work in the fall.
The big problem was when I stumbled upon a bass I couldn’t figure out how to make the bass bite my lure and NOT just follow it! It is so frustrating to spend a TON of hours on the lake and not have a single bass take your lure…
I was ready to just give up on fall bass fishing altogether and go back to strictly hunting, then I realized I was literally walking away from catching hundreds of bass.
Then, as if by chance, something amazing happened…
I went to my wife’s high school reunion and I struck up a conversation with a private fishing guide who also was a former professional bass angler. Over a few “frosty beverages” he began to tell me all his secrets, on where to find bass and specifically what lures attract and catch bass in the fall and why!
Instantly it became crystal clear to me how to choose the best lure and turn it into a bass catching “magnet”, because I saw it wasn’t about casting out any random lure, it was about casting out the right lure for that specific situation.
Now I could quickly and confidently choose the right lure for the job.
My plan was to fish more consistently to make sure the blueprint I was given really worked..
So I started going out every day that I had available. But I didn’t stop there.
I started devoting a lot of time to researching every article and literally buying book after book in order to learn as much as I can about fall bass fishing.
I even traveled across the country for in-person on the water mentoring lessons on how to be a better bass fisherman during the fall.
After that, I applied the same fishing strategies to different bodies of water.
Bottom line: In the end I was able to 10X my catch rate and the size of the bass was significantly bigger, all in less than 60 days!
Building on that success, I decided to create this fall bass fishing blueprint so that I could come back to it whenever I wanted.
It wasn’t until I began answering questions in forums that I noticed there were other anglers like myself who were struggling with trying figuring out how to catch bass during the fall.
So to avoid answering the same question over and over again, I published my blueprint.
I want to help clear up any confusion on fall bass fishing. That is why this blueprint makes on-the-water decisions a LOT easier and faster and cuts down our preparation/ research time by 95% or more.
I’m so excited to share this with you so you can get these types of results too!
Best of all it’s free and you can come back to it anytime you want…
All I ask in return is to share this with anyone who may find it helpful. That’s all.
Figuring Out What Stage Of Fall Your Lake Is In First…
The best research has shown that the best way to find and catch fall bass is to understand what stage of the fall your lake is at.
Once the anglers master that concept, finding and catching bass in the fall is very easy.
Don’t feel overwhelmed. We’re going to break it down what the pros are not telling you into easy to understand sections.
Stage 1: The Fall “Turn Over” or “Fall Transition”
Let’s begin to understand the fall turn over as if you were looking at a time line…
Starting in early fall…
In the most simplistic terms, the fall turn over is a phenomenon that is commonly seen on lakes in early fall where warm shallow waters mix with the colder deeper waters.
As the autumn air temperature cools, the water temperature on the surface, or also cools.
The cooler surface water (which is highly oxygenated) begins to sink down into the deeper water (which is poorly oxygenated) …
This causes a mixing effect of all of the water in the lake, resulting in odd pockets of good and bad oxygen all throughout the lake.
As a consequence, you’ll see that a lot of bass will begin moving to regions where there is more oxygen in the water.
The water in most parts of the lake literally mixes, or “turns over” or “transitions” from stable to unstable.
Luckily this transition is temporary. Normally it lasts a week or so.
Many times professionals will know a lake is in its turn over stage if the water color is dingy brown, or it smells stinky or slightly rotten.
This causes the bass to initially scatter and bass can be very, very hard to catch…
The mixed water causes the bass some breathing difficulty, but also makes them very sluggish… it’s kinda like if the bass in the lake were behaving as if there was an algae bloom.
If you’re on the water when during a fall turn over, then the best suggestion is to find water that has not turned over yet…
Not all of the lake will turn over at once.
So the best suggestion would be to find water that has some form of current running through it. Often anglers will be able to find and catch bass in these locations.
Focus on the upper end of the lake in the early fall, you’ll find that it holds most of the bait.
Stage 2: The Fall Feed
So then what happens next?…
After a week or so, the oxygen redistributes throughout the lake and the bass become acclimated to the change.
Once their acclimation has finished, the bass go from sluggish to feeding frenzy monsters.
This is commonly called the “Fall Feed”. It normally occurs in early to mid fall.
Initially bass will gorge themselves on shad.
Shad will follow the plankton which now start to migrate into the mouths of large creeks and coves.
Bass follow the shad and will start to school up into moderate to large schools.
By this time the water temperature is still in the 70s and 60s and so bass typically position themselves in 12-30-feet of water.
Stage 3: Late Fall
The water temperature will be in the low 50s, or even the upper 40s, which will cause a large number of bait fish (like shad and herring) to leave the main creeks and tributaries and migrate to the main river channel.
Bass will follow these bait fish back out to the main lake as they travel from the backs of creeks.
During this season, steep creek channel banks, creek channel swings, and bluff walls are one of the best spots to catch bass.
Many times you’ll notice there will be huge schools of bass stacked on one spot.
Where To Find Fall Bass
Early Fall / Fall Transition
During the actual fall transition the bass could be anywhere, however to help narrow it down many professionals and fishing guides will go to where there is a constant supply of oxygen…
Areas where there is current, water or wind driven.
Look for these areas:
- Creeks that have water flowing into it
- Channel swings (the sharper the better)
- Ridges or rocky high spots near a creek channel or main river channel
- Points near near a creek channel or main river channel
Other areas that are often overlooked:
- Green vegetation (preferably the areas that will hold vegetation year round)
- Shell beds (mollusks are filter feeders and require current to survive)
Post Fall Transition / Middle Fall Feed
As the transition dissipates and turns into the Fall Feed the look for bass in these locations:
- Main lake humps that are attached to a main lake point
- Large steep chunk rock banks 45-degrees or greater
- Large ditches or “funnels” between two large submerged points
- Channel swings
- Secondary points that are close to the mouth of the cove
- Submerged road beds
- Bridge pilings that are close to the mouth of the cove. Typically the pilings that will hold the most bass will be closest to the shore, or if the bridge piling is near the creek channel)
Late Fall / Early Winter
In late fall when the water temp is in the 60s look in these locations:
- Creek channels in the 5-10-foot range, particularly inside creek channel swings
- Secondary and tertiary points deep in the cove with either rock or timber nearby
- Rocky transition areas from chunk rock-to- pea gravel. It’s even better if it is also on a channel swing or a steep bank.
- Stumps or brush near or around shallow channel swings or points.
As the water continues to cool from the 60s to the 50s look for these locations:
- Secondary points
- Bluff walls
- Submerged vertical timber
- Flats near secondary points, deeper ledges, submerged vertical timber
- Humps that are attached to a main lake or secondary points
Fall Bass Fishing Lures
Before you hit the water you’ll make sure you take along the best bass lures for fall.
There are several best fall bass lures that you’ll want to include in your box.
Luckily there are a variety of baits to deploy, from crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits, walking topwater baits, finesse swimbaits, underspin jigs, finesse jigs, so you can catch those monster bass while they’re eating!
Many anglers opted to use larger lures because they feel that bigger bass eat bigger lures.
However, don’t get hung up on only using large lures, you can catch a monster bass on a tiny lure.
To make it easy to understand I’m going to list two of some of the most common baits professionals will fish in each stage of fall; early fall, mid fall, and late fall.
Early Fall Bass Lures | Fall Transition Bass Fishing Baits
Drop Shot – The drop shot can be utilized at any depth and can be paired with nearly any soft plastic bait.
Crankbaits. Crankbaits are great because you can target the exact depth in which the bass are holding. These little lures are also awesome because you can really match the hatch with most color patterns.
Mid Fall | Fall Feed
Spinnerbait – The spinnerbait will attract and catch fish in the breeziest conditions. Spinnerbaits can be fished really slow or very fast.
Walking bait – When you see bass busting shad on the topwater, throwing a walking bait is an absolute must.
late Fall / Early Winter
Jigs – Jigs can be used during the entire fall season, but really excel in late fall.
when you see the bass stacked up on your sonar. Crawl a jig with a finesse cut skirt.
Flatsided crankbaits – When the water temperature is in the 50s and the color is off, a flatsided is perfect.
Works well if you go up rivers and into creeks and target rip-rap banks and bluff walls.
Before you go on…
These baits are just the tip of the iceberg, there is sooo much more detail that has to be discussed on how exactly to fish each of these lures in the fall.
If you are tired of trying to fish these same lures, but not seeing the success other anglers are having, then you must read our most recent research report on the best bass lures for fall.
Not only will it go into insider information on how and where these baits should be fished, but will also go into how you can save a ton of money by not buying the wrong lures, that way you won’t have to work overtime to pay yourself back!
Fall Bass Colors and Patterns
You may be asking yourself, what colors do bass like in the fall?
Brown, green pumpkin, white, ghost patterns, purple, and any natural color that imitates a crawdad or a bait fish are the ideal colors for fall bass fishing.
Additionally, take a look at the hand Mother Nature gave you…
If the conditions are clear, then pros will choose a transparent shad color first.
However, if the skies are dark or cloudy, then choose an opaque color pattern with some bright colors like chartreuse and it.
In early fall, most bass can be found on main lake points, structure, and channels will be feeding on shad… so choose the appropriate baitfish color.
In mid fall the bass are normally still concentrating feeding on baitfish, so having some appropriate baitfish color and pattern is needed.
If you notice the bass are pushing further back into the cove, the choosing some lures that are crawfish colored or have bluegill color patterns will work great.
As the weather really starts to get cold in late fall/ early winter the bass most likely move back into the deepest of coves, or back out to mid points.
Once again, crawfish colored, bluegill color patterns, and even some white shad patterns work well.
When Is The Best Time To Go Fishing In The Fall?
The best time to go fishing in the fall is around the middle of the day, when the sun and temperature are at their greatest.
This keeps the water at its hottest temperature for the rest of the day, giving the bass a time to warm up. Starting fishing at 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. is usually a good idea.
Fall provides plenty of potential to catch a variety of gamefish from coast to coast, as cooler water temperatures stimulate hot bites for everything from catfish and crappies to walleyes, sunfish, and of course bass.
What Do Bass Eat In Fall?
Fish (such as shiners, minnows, shiners, or shad) and crawfish serve as the primary source of food.
Considering all types of bass are meat-eating hunters, the best lures are those that closely resemble their natural food.
Additionally, frogs, worms, leeches, bugs, other types of fish (suckers, yellow perch, bluegills, baby catfish, smaller bass), snakes, mice, small birds (such as ducklings) and, on exceptional circumstances, tiny turtles are all eaten by bass.
Bass eat whatever they want, and they don’t discriminate.
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Accessories You’ll Need
Rod –The popularity of fishing is growing and people are becoming much more conscious of different rods that can help them.
Fishermen want the best technique-specific rod for the money.
Luckily, the report I wrote provides you with detailed information in order for you to make buy the rod for the money, and more importantly which rods to avoid at all costs.
Reel – Having the correct reel to match with your rod is just as important. A good reel should be light and have a buttery smooth drag. There are several great reels on the market, but I recommend the Daiwa Tatula SV/TW baitcasting reel. It’s a great reel packed with great features. So much so that it could easily be priced in the mid $200 range.
Fishing Line – Having a good line is just as important as having a good rod. I recommend fishing with a good fluorocarbon line. Furthermore, it’s super sensitive because it has little to no stretch, and underwater it’s invisible to the bass! If pride or money is on the line I would use Sunline Sniper FC.
Fishing Lures & Baits
Fishing Lures – It’s pretty hard and darn near impossible trying to catch a fish without using some sort of lure or bait. More importantly these baits you should never forget at home or it could lead to a horrible day on the water
Tackle Bag – You can’t carry all your gear in your pockets, so you need a reliable tackle bag to transport it. I wrote a complete review guide, Best Tackle Bag for Fishing, check it out by clicking here. But if you don’t have the time to read the full guide then let me tell you I recommend the Lunker Bag by KastKing.
Sunglasses – Do you find yourself fishing in variable light and water conditions? Fishing in open water? Fishing in the bright hot sun? Then, only to leave the lake with eye strain and a splitting headache?
If so, I strongly recommend investing in a pair of Costa Sun Glasses. Thousands of anglers, charter guides, and tournament professionals put their trust into Costa, and so should you. Here’s why…
Costa’s co-injected bio-based nylon frame material is robust and durable, as well as extremely comfortable to wear for all-day use. TR-90 nylon is an excellent material for sports and performance frames since it is heat and cold-resistant.
Costa builds their glasses with class-leading technology. Their 580G glass lens sets them apart from the competition. These lenses are ideal for long days on the lake or sea since you won’t have to worry about scratches on the lens when you wipe the saltwater off. Needless to say they’re Costa’s most durable lenses.
Anyone who spends time outside, especially on the lake, needs polarized lenses. However, not all polarized sunglasses are the same. Costa is 99.9% polarized, giving it the most effective possible in blocking reflecting glare, and minimizing eye strain and headaches.
Sun Screen – Skin cancer is a very real threat and it’s only getting worse. That is why you need a powerful sunscreen that is personally used and endorsed by hundreds of dermatologists from around the world.
That is why you should put your trust in Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Sunscreen. The state-of-the-art Purescreen Technology absorbs, reflects, and scatters harmful sunrays in this specially designed water-resistant sunscreen lotion – and it’s created with 100 percent organically derived zinc oxide. Not some test tube concoction the other competitors are trying to sell you.
Neutrogena’s sheer body sunscreen lotion is fragrance-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, dye-free, and chemical-free. Dry-Touch technology aids in the non-greasy drying of this thin sunscreen.
For effective protection against the sun’s damaging rays, this hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and oil-free lightweight sunscreen is the number one dermatologist-recommended suncare brand.
Fishing Pliers – Nothing will ruin a day quicker than getting a hook embedded in your hand, or worse your eye. This tool is more than simply a pair of pliers; it’s jam-packed with functionality.
It’s not only a pair of pliers is a lure tuning tool, a split shot crimper, and a side cutter for cutting tiny wire leads and hooks.
The split ring tool on the nose makes replacing or upgrading hooks in the field a breeze. Soft grip handles provide a comfortable and secure grip. With an adjustable hand lanyard to hold them tight, the leaf spring opens the pliers for one-handed usage.
That’s why I always recommend having good set-up pliers that won’t rust and won’t slip out of your hand. I recommend the new & improved Rapala Fisherman’s Pliers.
Landing Net – As you are reeling in that monster fish, you don’t want to injure yourself or knock the fish off the hook by trying to grab it.
The PLUSINNO floating landing net is designed with foam padding on the hoop and provides buoyancy for fishermen. Now, If the net is dropped or blown overboard, the floating design makes it simple to retrieve – so you won’t have to be concerned about losing it! The rubberized net cannot be snagged. It keeps the fish safe for catch-and-release, and the non-absorbent covering avoids waterlogging and odor absorption in the net. It’s collapsing design allows for easy storage.
That’s why I recommend a dependable telescopic landing net.
Fishing Weight Scale & Culler
Fishing Weight Scale – Whether you’re going to keep your catch or just take a photo of it and brag to your friends it’s important to have an accurate scale. The Rapala Tournament Model Touch Screen Scale makes weighing and logging your catch easier and more convenient. The large digital scale has a lot of functions and is easy to use. simply keep track of your current catch and its place in your overall weight. To see the weight, just suspend the catch from the heavy-duty composite clamp or the accompanying stainless steel hook. Adding the important details to your catch couldn’t be easier – simply input your catch’s weight and tap on one of the eight storage places. The culling process makes it simple to identify fish that should be released for the greatest overall weight.
I recommend a Rapala Tournament Scale that has a large LED display like this one fishing scale here.
Fishing Line Scissors – Designed with sharp serrated cutting edge and oversized finger and thumb holes, these scissors actually grip and hold braided line for easy non-slip cutting.
These heavy-duty scissors are top-notch and are razor sharp for effortless cutting. The stainless steel construction and large finger holes allow ease of use – even for guys with big hands!
If you’re looking into quality fishing line scissors that can fit in your pocket, fishing vest, or fit comfortably in your jeans, these are the scissors you want. Many anglers like yourself use them to cut braid, mono, and even abandoned fishing lines that your lures have gotten stuck in.
In summary, this is a good investment for a serious fisherman.
Wide Brim Fishing Hat – Nowadays, you have to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful rays. That’s why I recommend the SA Straw hat. It fits any size head and it feels really comfortable. Now you can keep the sun off your face while you enjoy your outdoor activities with UPF 50+ sun protection. Rest assured these lightweight and stylish hats give you 360-degrees of sun coverage. Both men and women can wear these hats. As an added BONUS, these hats also include three face shields for UPF neck protection, which protects your skin from dangerous UV rays.
This hat is well worth the money, and the craftsmanship is excellent.
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Fishing Sun Shirt
Sun Shirt For Fishing – Don’t stop at only getting head protection, you also need to protect your chest, back, arms, and torso. According to the researchers finding skin cancers on the shoulders and forearms rank within the top-5 locations to get skin cancer. That’s why the UV protective PFG Fishing Shirt by Columbia is strongly recommended.
Nowadays, it’s so important to be safe at all times. Omni-Shade helps prevent sunburns and long-term skin damage by blocking UVA and UVB radiation. UV absorbent yarns and a tight weave architecture prevent the whole spectrum of damaging UV radiation. This is the finest in outdoor moisture control technology. Omni-Wick technology absorbs moisture from the skin and transfers it to the fabric, where it spreads throughout the surface and evaporates rapidly, keeping you cool and your clothes dry.
I’m 6’0″ and 200 pounds, and I wear size XL. I ordered a size L and it fits well. Darker shirts provide a more subdued appearance. FYI.