Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Fall 2016, Page 15

Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Fall 2016, Page 15


Of course, you have to take all good advice and overlay it with your own specific water types, usage and latitude. In the smaller, more trafficked reservoirs, black bass may have inbred characteristics that would move them toward the tributaries, but in some cases there are none. In fact, with drought conditions so prevalent, creeks may be creeks in name only. It may be canyons or worse, only deep coves that provide any avenue for bait migration.

Depending on the particular habitat, these conditions may manifest themselves somewhat differently, but virtually all the savvy anglers were in agreement with Dobyn’s brief analysis: “The temperature drops and baitfish are more active on the surface.”


While we all hope there is some secret formula to fall success, what we find are attitudes and approaches that work for the individuals. Barrack confessed, “I’m not as cerebral as the SoCals with their electronics. I stumble through it getting sense of the water temperature. If we lose two or three degrees overnight, it will alter my game plan.”

As a matter of explanation, he cited some past experiences as an example. “If it [water temperature] was 65 to 68 degrees the first to third week of October and then went up to 66 to 72 degrees,” he contrasted with earlier in the year, “in spring you would get excited. But he, said, “In fall it’s good and it’s

bad, the bite dictated by activity level

with moon phases.”

His reasoning, that yes, despite

a general cooling trend, hot days

usually mean still and hot days,

which traditionally are not as

productive as those with some

turbulence. “Completely still days

are a fisherman’s nightmare,” says

Barrack, “Great for playing golf in

Tahoe—but we want 7 to 12 mph

breezes, some disturbance in the


Another plus for fall fishing

compared to the spring was suggested

by Klein. “Spawning is not on their

minds, so that is an element you don’t

have to worry about. When you catch

one, you usually catch more. That’s why

I like to fish in the fall.”

Laying out a typical fall day, Barrack is cognizant of what he calls that “volatile first foot of surface temperature,” that can be affected by marine layer, a rising or falling barometer and any localized conditions. “There can be a daily blurp of activity early and then another around 10 o’clock,” but the best is yet to come.

Says Barrack, “The fish know that it will be 66 to 68 in the afternoons and they will be lacing up their track shoes! That time is

FALL 2016