Fall fishing changes

Bass habits change in the fall. These changes, and these pattern movements in fall fishing, demonstrate how the largemouth bass change their habits when they relate to open flats more than at any time of the year. The reason is simple, bass will more often follow the forage or baitfish at this time than any other time of year; this can make them harder to locate, as most anglers are used to looking for structure to hold them.
In the fall the lakes are always full of baitfish and bass move to the baitfish for easy feeding and ignore their tendency to hang on structure.  My point is: don’t ignore open water points or movement even though it appears to be removed from grass lines or structure that you are traditional used to fishing. This is one of the biggest reasons that crank-baits, running from five to eight feet of water, are so effective in the fall. In the fall you can be fishing hundreds of yards off structure and catching fish just because the bait has moved to the open waters. Long, extended points, where you’re removed from the traditional structure become great places to catch bass this time of year. Baits like rattle-baits become, once again, effective because open flats may not be covered in grass and the tendency of bass to chase becomes a pattern.
Have you ever wondered why, in the fall, it seems that the bass turn on and off like a light switch? The reason is very simple, the bass feed in large groups in the fall. They feed two, maybe three times a day. The rest of the day they suspend and become very lethargic in the warm water.  In the fall your fishing habits can often be timed like clockwork as bass can be feeding one minute and you’re catching fish and then gone and not feeding the next. This is why I fish so many reaction-type baits in the fall, because outside the feeding times the bass can be very hard to catch and the only way is to trigger their instincts to react.  
Don’t let the slow times of fall fishing discourage you, just look at some nontraditional areas, away from structure. Work reaction baits and you will find the bass.

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