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Fall Bass Fishing Tips and Techniques | Bass Fishing

Fall Bass Fishing Tips and Techniques | Bass Fishing

Hey, folks, Glenn May here with The air’s starting to cool down a little bit
after we’ve had the heat of the summer. The trees behind me are starting to change
color. There’s a little bit of crispness in the morning. Fall has arrived. I’m telling you what, it can be some of the
best fishing that you have in the entire year if you hit it just right. The key is that you have to find the fish
and follow ’em. Let me tell you a little bit about what I
do throughout the fall to stay on top of the fish and how I catch ’em. Hopefully, you can incorporate that into your
style of fishing. The first thing you need to pay attention
to is, in the fall, generally what happens is the bait fish will move shallow, up until
the peak of the fall, and then they’ll start to move back out. Of course, the bass will follow them, too. During the early transition period, late summer
early fall, what I like to target is the points that are near shallow water. That may be near the entrance to a creek. That may be the entrance to a shallow bay
or just the shallowere water on the lake. This is true even if you’re on the natural
lakes that are up north where we don’t have shad. I’m up north, too. We don’t have too many shad. We do in the Columbia River, but pretty much
nowhere else we don’t have any. It’ll happen with any bait fish that’s in
that lake. If the lake’s predominantly perch or it’s
predominantly bluegill, again, they’re gonna move shallow. They wanna feed up heavily in that fall and
get ready for the winter time. Those points are what I target during the
early transition period using deep-diving crankbaits and jigs. As the fall progresses, they’re gonna start
moving shallower and they’re gonna move further back up in those creeks or further up in the
flats or further up in the shallower water. You need to follow them, too. You need to adjust your tactics again. Again, you’re gonna go a little bit lighter
now on your baits. Instead of those deep-diving crankbaits, now
use medium-diving crankbaits and even shallower diving crankbaits. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits and even topwater
are excellent to throw this time of year. Those fish are keying on bait fish, so you
want to use lures that mimic the bait fish. Once you get toward the peak of the fall,
shallow, shallow, shallow. That’s where you want to be all the time,
throwing spinnerbaits, throwing…what I like to throw here is these vibrating baits. This one here’s a soft vibe from Savage Gear. Love these baits. These are excellent baits to throw. Again, see, that’s a little bit of a shad
color. I’m out here on the Columbia River. We have shad that are running right now. If I wasn’t on the Columbia, they have an
excellent perch pattern that I love to throw on my natural lakes that I have. Again, lakes don’t necessarily have to have,
be a big reservoir with all these creeks in them and stuff for this to happen. It’ll happen on any body of water. During the peak of the season, you’re gonna
be fishing the backs of the coves or the shallow flats up in the docks that are really shallow,
the weeds, those type of things. As the fall progresses and your water temperatures
are dropping even more, you’ll notice those weeds will start to look kind of wilted. They’ll look a little brown. They’ll look a little raggedy. What happens now is that they’re starting
to consume more oxygen than they are producing it. When that happens, that’s gonna move the bait
fish out to greener weeds a little bit deeper. So you want to follow and adjust your tactics
there, too. Go a little bit deeper, a little bit deeper
diving crankbaits. Take your soft vibes, run them across the
top of those weeds. Get it hung up just a little bit and pop it
loose. You’re gonna snag it. When it pops loose out of those weeds, that’s
a lot of time when you get clobbered. I mean, you get hammered hard. Hold on to your rod and reel, because they’re
gonna rip it right out of your hands. Also, you want to fish the outside of those
weed lines. If you’re in natural lakes, those weed lines
that are formed by the milfoil, position your boat so you can cast along parallel to the
edge of those weed lines in those 15 to 20 feet deep waters. Cast along with a deeper diving crankbait
or slow roll a spinnerbait along there, and hang on, because those fish will dart out
of those weeds and smack your lure. As you get further closer to winter, the bite’s
gonna start to wane. It’ll start to slow down. Those faster moving baits, they’re not apt
to hit them as much. That’s when I flip over to using a jig or
a tube bait. A tube bait can be a real sleeper bait this
time of year because a tube mimics bait fish but it also mimics crawdads. Crawdads are protein-rich snacks that those
bass love to eat. Perfect bait to be throwing closer to winter
with those jigs. As you get… One of the things I’ve noticed that has a
tendency to happen in the late fall, is those fish, sometimes they’ll just kind of mouth
the jig. They’ll grab them and they’ll spit it out
really quick. When that happens, that’s when the tube bait
shines. It’s a little bit smaller profile and it’s
soft. When they bite onto it, they really don’t
feel that hardware that you have in a jig. They tend to hold onto it a little bit longer. It gives me a little bit more time to set
the hook. As for colors, fish white or shad color, any
kind of white colored bait, white crankbaits, white spinnerbaits. If you’re fishing a topwater bait, use a topwater
that’s got a white belly on it. White works really, really well. Even in lakes that don’t have shad, the white
still works really well. I don’t know why, but it does. Even those other lakes, the natural lakes
that don’t have shad, use perch or bluegill patterns. You can clean house with that color. One other thing to note about baits is this
time of year in the fall, the bait fish are bigger. They’re bigger than they were in the spring. They had all summer to grow, so throw bigger
size baits. This is a half ounce bait I’m throwing here. Typically, I would throw a quarter ounce to
three-eighth ounce baits during the rest of the year, but during this time of year, I
throw bigger baits. I throw three-quarter ounce spinnerbaits,
the big Zara Spooks. Heavy up, get the bigger baits, because that’s
what the fish are feeding on. Again, they’re looking for a big meal to feed
up for the winter time. One other thing, if you catch a fish this
time of year, don’t keep going down the bank and casting. Stop and go back, and fish that area. This time of year those fish will school up
on areas. And if you go back and fish a spot where you
caught a fish, you may end up catching a bunch more. Another tip about finding the fish, is if
you’re going down the lake and you find birds, if they’re sitting out in the middle of the
lake or they’re dive bombing bait fish, or sometimes you’ll just see them stacked up
on the shoreline, they’re there for a reason. They want to eat too, okay? So they’re not just gonna hang out any old
place. They’re gonna find some place where there’s
forage. If you see that happening, kick off the big
motor and fish that area. You’d be surprised how many times you’ll start
picking up fish. So those are the tips I have for you. I hope they help you find fish during the
fall. If you get into them at the right time, you’re
gonna just slay ’em. You’re gonna have a great, great time fishing
them. If you have any more questions, please leave
comments down below underneath. I read them. I try to answer them. You can also go to for all
the tips and tricks. Also, for all the answers to all your bass
fishing questions, go to

23 comments on “Fall Bass Fishing Tips and Techniques | Bass Fishing

  1. Good suggestion to try whitel color lures even though there may not be any shad in the lake and try heaver bait 1/2 oz . in Fall. Have to try those ideas when I hit the lake again.

  2. Good video Glenn, Up here in the Northeast the weeds are already dying back. Been hitting them with a jig on the frontside of the weed line.

  3. Thanks for the information about fishing shallow from early transition period late summer early fall. Ready to throw them spooks and traps!!! Will be following the baitfish and watching the birds.

  4. Thanks for the tips. I just got my very first boat so I will be trying some of your tips on our local lakes, in Oklahoma, this fall.

  5. Thanks glen I'm fishing in south Georgia on the flint river and lake Seminole area . your always precise with the info you guve us and I also usually throw a finesse jig or a 1/2 oz stand up football jig at this particular time of year along with a deep crank 8 to 10 foot if I'm in a area I can fish from the bank comfortable and effective . but if I'm out on the boat I'm hitting all the mouths to sloughs . entries to creeks etc as you stated in this video but I'm catching fish and I just feel I should be catching bigger or more bass it seems with the area I fish . I see the bait and follow as well and try to key in on what they are feeding on but with a lot of pressure on the area it seems the bite is tough no matter what I throw or tie on . do you have any advice on how to trigger the visible bass I see hit the surface or may chase bait ? How would I work my whole area with a bait without making them uncomfortable or how can I target a area that there is a lot of visible fish and bait without making to much noticeable . and with this transition how would you fish your jigs whether its football . swim jig . finesse etc . would you go bigger in size and trailer ? Or just weight itself . and what retrieves shall I use during this time . slower moderate or faster with a jig thanks for the tips I always apply and use what you give thanks for bass resource!!!

  6. I really like your tips, Glen. You go into detail and cover all aspects. I always hear something on your tips that I didn’t know that helps me. Your tips on fall fishing is another example. Thanks for what you do, Glen.


  8. Glen, I live north of Seattle, many small lakes, no tributaries. It's now the middle of October, water around 56 degrees. Will the fish be shallow or in deeper water, 10' – 20' ?

  9. Thanks Glen for another informative video! Question, I've never purchased a jerkbait without treble hooks before so I was wondering if you could advise me what size treble hook/brand to buy for a
    3 3/4 inch, 1/3 ounce jerkbait/rip bait with suspending buoyancy? Thank u in advance

  10. Glen Rules. BEST of YouTube. Glen I cant find any of your post on subject of to rattle or not use a rattle ? That is the question Everybody watch Glen & learn  Many Thanks

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