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Old 08-16-2007, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking back at my original Cosmic Clock and Bass Calendar the Fall period was when the water temperatures dropped to 68 degrees and on down to 58 degrees. I can see no reason to change that thinking today, although I also listed the migration as vertical and would revise that to horizontal transitioning to vertical from the summer period. The location was shown as major points and that also needs to have a transition from the summer shoreline as the bass migrate horizontal along the shoreline following baitfish schools into more nutrient rich water usually flowing into the lake from river and creek arms. Once the water column the bass are using cools below 62 degrees the bass begin to vertically migrate into deeper water as the baitfish and crayfish move deeper. Major points become good locations as the vertical migration continues until early winter as the water temperature drop below 58 degrees to 55 - 40.
The big difference between summer and fall is the bass are migrating, schooling up from their scattered summer locations. The bass are active during this period moving and looking for new ambush sites, baitfish schools and opportunities for prey like crawdads. The pre-spawn locations become the fall locations as the bass re group and the same presentations and lures work well, ounce the bass have relocated. During the early fall migration the bass tend to roam more and crankbait, spinnerbaits, tail spinners, jerk baits, lipless cranks, top water lures that look like baitfish work well. Jigs, soft plastics and swimbaits tend to work well when the bass are holding on the points, deeper breaks or rip rap areas.
note; for those who fish in the swamp you may need to modify this a little. Low land reservoirs, major river delta's and shallow natural lakes that don't have a shad type baitfish migration that may not be as massive as in highland or hill-land reservoirs, however the bass should still relocate to outside cover ambush points and tend to roam as the water cools. Deeper water maybe current breaks that are slightly deeper.
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Ps; this post completes the seasonal calendar for those who believe in calendar periods. Hope this helps you to understand basic bass behavior a little better and improves your bass fishing skills. This information may seem common knowledge today and I hope it is, however it was unknown to nearly everyone back in 1974.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am so ready for fall. I probably have about another 1 1/2 months before water temps drop below 85 but when it does it will be on. Other than the dead of winter, fall is my favorite season of the year to fish. Love this thread.

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Old 08-16-2007, 12:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I really love how agressive the fish are as they prepare for winter. I usually start out somewhat close to the banks during this time and based on the size I catch, I will move out to deeper water as needed. I know alot of guys go the opposite direction with this but I am not that good on electronics yet and they aren't always available where I fish in my little boat so I have to do it this way. It helps though, because I can learn the length of the points and find the side with the steeper drop. They are always on one side or the other. Suspending jerkbaits really shine for me during this time and really get good as it cools more.
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Tom I never tire of reading your writing! Sincerely!

I love the fall, especially on Santee. The big ol shallow lake cools off and the shad and t he fish migrate into the creeks and if you do it right you can tear them up! Ive NEVER been able to fish Santee in my own boat during that time of the year but I am going to do all I can to hit it often this fall! Some MONSTER bass get caught in santee during the fall. Im also looking forward to some winter fishing. Heck I am looking forward to fishing in anything other then this 100000000° weather LOL
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Something I have been curious about for a while...


I realize turn-over is when the surface water becomes cooler than the water below it and two swap places as the cooler surface water settles towards the bottom.

I know up north we would have dramatic fall turn-overs in the lakes... but down here, in the south, I havent noticed it as much. I am wondering if fall lakes, especially impoundments that are controlled by dams with fluctuating levels, have much of a turn-over, if any at all?
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Jared:

To answer your question yes. That is if the water is deep enough. If it is like Ansin Garcia where I fish where 10 feet is considered deep then no. Most man made lakes experience turnover. I have yet to fish one here in Florida that does but then again most of our lakes like Santee Cooper are not deep enough.

I do agree with what Tom has said that bass are on the move in the Fall. Even in our natural shallow lakes down here bass move and are more active then in the summer months. Flipping is the way to catch fish here in the summer months and when it starts to cool off then my famous lipless bait technique is the top presentation. I whoop butts that time of year because other people are still trying to catch bass while flipping. But sheesshhh don't tell anyone.
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Do ya use red in the fall like you do in the spring Keith?
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Not not really. I stick to more shad colors or Gold colors actually. Since we have so many shiners here Gold is a go to color. Last year in October was when all the fun began on the lipless at Garcia. I was catching 20+ almost every single outing on gold colored lipless baits. It was a blast. Can't wait till this October. I just gotta get the boat fixed before then.
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Well fall is here in AL and time to hit the Crank!!
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Well fall is here in AL and time to hit the Crank!!
yeah buddy!!!!!!! Dave
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