Right now in the upper Midwest, the trees are turning to brilliant shades of crimson, orange and yellow and at the same time mornings greet us with a cool crisp bite. These are sure-fire signs that it’s football season and for many outdoor anglers, hunting season.
While many of my fellow anglers start to stow their rods to make room for camo and firearms, I get excited at the bountiful big bass opportunities that come with fall fishing. As long as you can put up with some cooler temperatures, you will likely be rewarded with hefty hungry bass and empty boat ramps. Dressing properly with Under Armour Gear and other quality clothing makes it easy to tolerate the dropping temperatures on the lakes & rivers.
Many a lunker bass will make themselves available in shallower then normal depth contours. As much of the green vegetation starts to wane, fish gravitate to the cover remaining. Look for wood, docks, pads and other remaining vegetation and it can often be easy pickings. For me, hard cover seems to be a real key in Autumn (i.e. Wood & Docks).
Not all days will produce huge numbers, but often the few bites you will get are from behemoth bass fattening up for the long winter. Lures like buzzbaits, shallow crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits tend to load the boat this time of year. Perfect example, last week I was out for 6 hours and I caught a pair of largemouth over 5lbs and several in the 3-4lb class, not very often in the heat of the summer will you catch more than a single bass over 5lbs.
So pack a radio, listen to your favorite football team, enjoy the solitude of fall fishing and start hunting your local lakes for better than average size bass!
Rich Lindgren is a tournament bass angler living in Lakeville, MN chasing bass all over Minnesota and its adjoining states. Bass blogger, podcaster and fishing promoter. You’ll see him fishing the Minnesota bass tournament scene representing krugerfarms.com and Dobyns Rods among others. You can like him on Facebook (facebook.com/bassinblog).