Early to Mid-September -
Let it rain, Let it rain! We've received some much needed rain and lake is almost two feet higher. The cooler temperatures have brought down the surface water temps to low to mid-80's. Fishing has been good with the rising water and a change from the dog day heat. At times, the fishing can be fast-paced with some crushing strikes but also can slow down after a big feed. When they are not that active, I had to slow down the presentation to get the bites. The last couple of weeks, the topwater bite was very good with crankbaits, flukes and a trig or drop-shot worms from 25' to <2' foot of water. With the change of weather and impending fall weather (next weekend fall equinox), pay attention to the wind as this will position the bait and the bass. In the summer, the predominant wind is from the south however that changed over the last two weeks. Because of wind changes, some of those great summer fishing spots may go away. Always be cognizant of the weathers condition i.e. wind, temp, barometric pressure. These are keys to the fishing chess game. Be a bird watcher as well. This is my favorite time of year with the pleasure boat traffic subsiding and the cooler temps coming. Time to take some Fridays off!
Using a chunk trailer for your jigs can bulk up the profile and create a slower fall for pressured or finicky fish. By nose hooking a chunk trailer you get a vertical fall presentation and even he slightest current or twitch gives the bait tremendous action. If you are skipping you can thread the chunk up the shank of the hook streamlining the skipping surface while still maintaining a larger bait profile. Vary your chunk size to get the perfect match to the presentation the fish want for your next trip. #catchMOfish