September 6, 2012In order to find bass to catch as they make the transition from summer to fall it is important to understand their lifestyles and habits. If we can figure that out, we can catch them, at least in theory.
Generally speaking, summertime means the bass can be found on main lake points and humps. The fish can be on the bottom of the lake, but usually they are suspended, making them even more difficult to catch. At my local lake they mainly feed on large schools of shad living in the same general areas.
As cooler temperatures arrive as a result of cold fronts ushering in from the north, the shad will begin their journey to the mouths of the creeks and later venture farther back into the creeks as the shallower water in them tends to cool down. Naturally, the bass will follow the shad into the creeks.
Once in the creek, the bass will be easier to catch. They are beginning to gorge themselves in anticipation of the upcoming winter months. I like use spinnerbaits and crankbaits that look like these bait fish to catch these bass.