If you catch the season right, and the water temperatures right, you can do some tremendous fall bass fishing. Although most of the bass fisherman may be moving on to other types of fishing, or just getting out of fishing for the fall months altogether, if you play your cards right, you can land some great bass. And that is all about timing, so let’s get into how to time it right to give yourself the maximum odds.
Early Fall is the General Point
What I mean by this, is that year to year and location to location will vary. But specifically, what you want to look for is the change in the water temperature. When temperatures begin to cool off from the hot summer, so will the water temperatures, and that’s when you need to strike.
Here in the south, summer temperatures often hit 90 degrees and up. Bass in water temperatures above 80 degrees in the shallows will seek deeper, cooler water. And in those deeper waters, the bass will miss out and some of their meals.
But as the ambient temperature begins to drop, so does the water temperature. And when the water temperature gets back into the 70s and high 60s, the bass will move back into the shallows, and will attack in a very similar way as they did in the pre-spawn period during the spring bass fishing season.
So it’s critical to hit the lake and work the early morning and late evening hours during this period of temperature change.
Mid and Late Fall Bass Fishing Tips
After the early fall temperature change and resulting bass binge, the water will continually drop in temperature as the ambient temperature falls. And when the surface temperature of the water gets back into the low 50s or lower, the bass will begin to retreat to deeper, warmer water.
One point to remember, as the surface water temperature drops, there will be a point in time (it may be as long as a few weeks or more) when surface water temperatures and deep water temperatures are roughly the same. During this time, you will have trouble locating the bass, as they may be deep or shallow.
But when you are fishing waters that are in the 50 degree range, work your lures deeper, and try to find and work bottom structure changes like drop off points, large protruding rocks that are deep, the edges of grass or vegetation patches, cuts, and other bottom structure change points.
Late Fall Bass Fishing Pattern
Once the water temperatures drop below 50 degrees, you might as well head to the house. You may be able to snag a bass here or there by fishing a deep, slow worm, but your luck is going to be sparse, and frustrating. Bass like warm water and plenty of oxygen, and they are just going to be extremely sluggish in cold waters.