This is definitely a great time of year to fish. Water temps have the fish pretty active and they are chasing bait feeding up for winter. You can catch them shallow to deep however you like to fish. It is just a matter of finding fish and bait using your electronics or eyes monitoring the environment around you looking for gulls or other activity. Much like the hunters in the woods we are doing the same kind of searches in the water. There will be some big fish shallow and deep giving you a good opportunity for some the best fishing of the year. The picture above is a good square bill fish caught at Pickwick by my Dad in 52degree water on a shallow gravel point with a ton of shad around.
We should all do more to conserve the bass we love to catch as well as their habitat. There are lots of little things we can do to help with preserving bass and their habitat. Keeping trash and line out of our lakes is an easy first step that can be accomplished simply by keeping a bag for trash in the boat and disposing of it at the end of the day. Also wash your boat, trailer, and livewells out at the end of the day which will help with keeping invasive grass and organisms from spreading to new lakes. Taking good care of our fish during the tournament day is another important thing to do. Fish preservation chemicals, livewell aeration, and attentive care are good starting points for keeping fish alive and well taken care of and important way to maintain a positive image of our sport. Remember some of these tips and please let me know of any other ideas you may have as well.
Leaves are falling as well as the temps and fish are beginning to school. It is here finally after our prolonged summer and I am ready for it. Many fisherman have now headed to the woods and are hunting and watching football but this can be the best time of year to fish. Fish are schooling and moving to the backs of creeks and feeding up for winter. Find some time to go the lake and catch some great fall action.
Top waters and plastic jerk baits are great right now on schooling fish around main lake points and current breaks as well as the back of wind blown creeks with shad in them. A-rigs and crankbaits are also great for those fish feeding on schools of shad in deeper water. Go search them out and you may have the best day of your year this month!!
Fall can be a very complicated time of year to fish but can also provide some of the best action of the year as well. As the water cools the fish begin to scatter from their summer homes chasing shad as the move shallow with the cooler waters of fall. Power fishing and covering lots of water can be the key this time of year fishing a squarebill or lipless crankbait can provide some fun action as well as topwater when fish are schooling on top chasing shad.
Balls of bait will begin to move shallow and to the back of creeks where bass will corner the bait and ambush them. I good tactic this time of year is to follow the wind and where it will position the bait. Wind will push plankton into banks that the bait will follow then the bass put themselves in position to ambush the shad. Windblown points can also be a great place to fish as well as shallow ledges where bait may be pushed into vulnerable positions. Much like fishing current wind will work the same way.
So this time of year just follow the shad to find the bass!
It is that time of year and championships and classics are upon us. You have worked hard all year to get the points or wins to qualify for that final tournament and now you just need to finish well in your year end gala on a great final note!
I have my BFL regional championship and club classic both coming up and was thinking about what I should be doing to prepare for them. I have always been told to plan my work and work my plan so I was thinking about how to do that. We usually know the lakes we are going to and have preconceived ideas about what will work and where to go but fish don't always do what we think they should be doing. So plan out the areas of the lake to fish then work the area well covering the area and all sections you want to look at efficiently. Look at them several times at different times of day to see when the best action occurs comparing current flows and lake levels. Also, make note of weather and other variables.
On tournament day have a plan and be ready to adapt to what the fish are doing. Have a milk run planned out based on what you found prefishing and have contigencies to work with as well. In my experience, plans don't always go how we think they should and we have to adapt. If you don't get a chance to prefish take a few minutes to think through the past experiences on the lake and plan your trip that way giving you a starting point to work from and ideas of what to do based on past experience.
I hope some of this helps and that you find it helpful as you think through your final tournaments of the year. Good luck and tightlines on your Championship or Classic
Winding up August with some of the hottest weather we have had all year. Soon it should begin to cool pulling schools of fish shallow again chasing shad feeding up for winter and nice temps to fish in without battling the heat. Not rushing winter at all and I hope we have an actual fall this year. Last year felt like we went straight from Summer to Winter with the very short transition.
We all know close to the Memphis area we have some of the best lakes in the country but I was just thinking about it while checking results of the Rayovac FLW event on Kentucky lake and BASS Open on Douglas. There are several high level tournaments coming to the area this month. FLW has 2 tour event here Pickwick June 5-8 and Kentucky lake June 26-29. BFL's All American national championship is on Wilson lake June 6-8. BASS has College wildcard on Pickwick June 27-28th. There are some good opportunities this month to go out and watch some really good fisherman go out and do their thing or see some really great weigh ins. Check out FLW and BASS websites to see more details.
It is that time now. The fish are beginning to move to the ledges and head out to their summer haunts! Now that the spawn is over and the bass are moving to the ledges and their summer feeding areas fisherman are heading out to deeper water with jigs, crankbaits and depthfinders looking for those schools of big fish. The bite is already on and I have seen some good sacks from deeper water. Two big tournaments are coming to the area so take the opportunity to see the pros in June when they come to Pickwick and Kentucky Lake.
With spring warm fronts and rains these warmer rainy days bring warmer water temps and push fish into shallower waters and steps closer to the spawn. So keep looking forward to warm rains and sunny warm days to get these big sows up shallow to spawn. Lot of big fish being caught these day including a couple over 11 from Pickwick that I have seen pics of. Water temps have been high 40's to low 50's, we are headed in the right direction finally but I am sure we are due for a few setbacks. This is a great time to be on the water, jigs, jerkbaits, and lipless crankbaits can produce some of your biggest fish of the year right now. So get out there and catch yours!! Good luck and hope to hear from you soon
Finally spring has arrived, I know this for two reasons. Number one I fished two tournaments this weekend for the first time since October. Number two my allergies are about to make my head explode. Had a mediocre day Saturday catching only one keeper in my BFL tournament on Ky Lake, but it was a 5-05# so pretty happy with that. It was a fun day overall. Sunday on the other hand was a great day with 20.44# anchored by a 6.22# sow for First place in my club tournament on Pickwick. That was no doubt fun. Water temps are beginning to hit the 50's and the big fish are making that prespawn run to the shallows. There have been some huge fish caught on area lakes lately so it is definitely time to hit the water. Go catch you a big one soon!!
I am not a pro fisherman just Joe Average out here trying to enjoy the outdoors. I love to bass fish and love the competition of tournament fishing as well. Hope you find something within my sight that is entertaining or informative..