PowerTeam Lures Soft Plastics for Late Summer / Early Fall Bass
A simple way to pattern fall transition bass is to remember where you found spawning bass in the spring when the water temperature had not yet warmed up. The upper lake creeks and pockets containing cover and current can be the best place to locate the bass that are preparing for the fall transition. Summer patterns may still be holding on lower ends of the lake. This is where keeping a journal or record of water temperatures and weather patterns on good days on the water will pay off.
Many bass anglers know that the water temperatures control the activity of bass and not the calendar. It is a common belief that when the water drops down to seventy and below to the sixty-five degrees is the magic temperature range for the fall migration to begin. However a rapid change of water temperature dropping eight to ten degree can stimulate early fall migration activity in the bait and in the bass. This transition can begin to happen when the water temperature is in the upper to mid-seventies. I larger lakes this can occur in the upper end of the lake several days even weeks before it happens in areas near the dam at the lower end of the body of water. Several anglers miss some prime bass fishing waiting for the temperature to reach 70 throughout the lakes they fish. Again, it is the condition, not the calendar that anglers must learn to fish.
Late summer and early fall rains affect this trend along with cooler night time temperatures and wind. The days getting shorter as we move closer to fall also affect the activity of bass. The moon phases and shorter days associated with solstice and equinox are the basis for calendar years, and their influences do affect fish, but it is water temperature that has the most drastic effect on their behavior. That is not to s