Nov 30, 2016 - It’s getting that time of the year where even in the south were starting to get the cooler temperature. With Fall weather here and Winter right around the corner it’s important to adjust your fishing game to suit the changing temperatures. Fish behavior and location changes and many times anglers are left with empty hooks and nothing to show for their time on the water. The smallmouth bass is one that’s fall behavior makes it prime for the cool weather. FLW Tour Rookie of the Year, Chris Johnston, offers some tips on hooking smallmouth bass.
In late fall, he focuses on deep, main-lake structure where bass spend the winter. Points extending off of islands and deep shoals in the 20 to 50 foot range are typical autumn smallmouth hangouts.
“I find in the fall on a lot of lakes… the smallmouth live in about 10 percent of the lake, whereas in the summer they’re kind of scattered,” Johnston said. “If you’re not on them [in the fall], you’re not catching anything, but when you do find them, they’re loaded up really good, so you’re going to catch them with your go to dropshot bait.”
Read more of Johnston’s tips on fishing in late fall or reeling in smallmouth bass..