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If you’re looking for tips for fall fishing that will help you catch more largemouth bass, some of the best advice is to learn how to identify seasonal fishing patterns. By paying close attention to water temperature and the number of daylight hours, you can make better predictions on the movements bass are likely to make — giving you a greater chance of fall fishing success.
When fishing lakes or reservoirs, there are three fall fishing patterns for bass that can give you clues as far as where to find fish when water temperature start to drop. Keep in mind that these patterns can vary from region to region, but will provide you with a starting point for how to fish in fall for largemouth bass.
- During the early fall, work crankbaits around creek mouths in lakes and reservoirs. Cooling water will send baitfish migrating up toward creek arms, with the bass following close behind. In early fall, focus on depth changes or drop-offs around creek mouths. When choosing baits, match your lure size to baitfish size. Shallow to medium running crankbaits can be a good choice during the fall season. When fishing for bass in clear lakes, use natural color patterns. In murky lakes or reservoirs, go for brighter colors, such as chartreuse.
- When mid-fall arrives, focus your bass fishing efforts farther up in any creeks and coves. Bass will be holding close to any type of cover in an attempt to ambush any unsuspecting shad or baitfish that happens to swim by. Lipless crankbaits in chrome or shad-imitating colors or spinnerbaits with willow leaf blades can work well while fishing farther up in the creeks, casting around coves, and on the flats.
- During late fall, bass will start moving back toward deeper holes and channels. If you are fishing lakes in the northern or mid-range states, one of the best tips for fall fishing during the later fall months is to focus on working around these transitional zones with a jerkbait, deep diving crankbait, or a swimbait.
Boost your catch rates by remembering these tips on how to identify fall fishing patterns for bass. The change in season brings cooler temperatures, but plenty of opportunities to find fish that are feeding and on the move toward their winter haunts — just be sure to renew your freshwater fishing license before you go!
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If you’ve been thinking about buying a new boat, consider attending one of the upcoming boat shows near you this fall. Fall boat shows can be great places to take advantage of deals on year-end model boats. In addition, these boat shows offer you the […]
As one of the five states that borders the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi is a notable fishing destination with both fresh and saltwater opportunities in the Southeast U.S. There are 119 freshwater public lakes throughout the state along with reefs and wrecks off the coast. Here are some great places to fish in Mississippi for anglers of all skill levels.
1. Gulf of Mexico
Mississippi has 44 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, making it easily accessible for saltwater fishing pursuits. Many trophy species can be targeted both inshore and offshore—from redfish and flounder near the coast to cobia and amberjack in deep-sea waters. For a laidback experience, try pier fishing or wading.
2. Sardis Lake
At 98,520 acres, Sardis Lake is massive in size and popularity, proclaimed as one of the best places to fish in Mississippi for crappie. This reservoir is situated along the Little Tallahatchie River and holds healthy populations of various bass species, catfish, and, or course, crappie.
Another well-known crappie-fishing destination, Grenada Lake was originally created as a flood control lake on the Yalobusha River. Largemouth bass, bream, and catfish can also be targeted here, making it another one of the best places to fish in Mississippi. Make a weekend of it by camping at Hugh White State Park, located on the south end of the lake.
4.Ross Barnett Reservoir
This massive 33,000-acre reservoir is located along the Pearl River and serves as the state’s largest drinking water resource. Pro anglers recommend fishing the shallower waters where you’ll get a chance to land bass, bream, crappie, and catfish.
5.Neshoba County State Lake
If you’re looking for the best places to fish in Mississippi for trophy bass, this is the place. This 138-acre lake hosts heavy vegetation which fosters plenty of healthy habitat and food sources for big bass. Numerous state record fish breaking the 14-pound mark have been documented here.
Now that you know where to fish, be sure to get your fishing license before checking off your list of places to fish in Mississippi. Enjoy!
While articles about boat safety equipment generally note that certain boats are required to have at least one fire extinguisher onboard, few get into the topic of where should fire extinguishers be stored on a boat. That may be because the answer varies with the […]
If you need to join two different types of line or two lines of different diameters, the Albright knot is considered by many to be one of the best saltwater fishing knots you can use. The Albright is a good knot to use when tying […]
When you start boating, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the parts of a boat. No matter what types of fishing boats you are on, you probably will never be called “Captain” if you keep calling the front of your boat “the hood” and back, “the trunk.” So let’s cover one of the main parts of a fishing boat design.
If you have gotten caught up watching the popular Major League Fishing TV show, even if you don’t know the parts of a fishing boat, you probably know the answer to “where on a boat are gunwales located?” This new bass tournament format has strict rules for releasing bass, covered at the beginning of every episode. For example, all fish are weighed and released immediately, rather than spending time in a live well prior to being weighed on a stage. Two minute, no fishing penalties are assessed if the bass lands on the floor the fishing boats or if the angler pins the fish against his body. Also, the bass must be released at the boat gunwale height. That is, the upper side of the boat. Dropping the fish in the water while standing will result in a timeout penalty.
While investigating the tournament rules, I noticed that the boat gunwale was written as “gunnel” which at least resembles how it is pronounced. The “w” in this original term is completely ignored and the alternative spelling seems to be increasing despite the confusion that there also is a small fish called a gunnel.
So, where on a boat are gunwales located? The same place as the gunnel: right along the top edge of the boat. When you register your boat, you may receive a booklet which includes a boat diagram as a helpful reminder of this and other boat terms so don’t let it make you stern.
The State of Michigan boasts 3,288 miles of freshwater coastline, more than any other state in the U.S., making it an incredible fishing destination. Adventurous anglers can experience endless opportunities with 36,000 miles of rivers and streams to cast along, 11,000 lakes, and over 150 […]