5 clues to fall patterns

3. Birds

If I see gulls working a creek or notice herons standing on the banks, I know the bait is there. And if I see two herons trying to get on the same point, I’m definitely going to fish there.

4. Current

Again, you want to seek those creeks with some incoming water. If you fish a river where the current is strong, bass will hold around current breaks, such as wing dams, points, mouths of creeks and canals.

Keep in mind that when reservoirs are generating current on the main lake, it also creates current in the creeks and the bass will position around points. If your lake is drawn down during the winter, dam operators set a specific schedule as to when they do that. Learn that schedule and it will help you find bass.

5. Wind

Wind creates current, moves the plankton around and the shad follow. Wind is a huge factor, especially in bigger creeks, and I always concentrate on the windy side where it’s hitting flats, points, cover or against the bank. It helps position the bass on key cover and structure, making it easier to pick them off. They are there to feed and will attack your lures more aggressively.

If you can find all of these in one area, you’ve found the mother lode and will likely load the boat with quality bass.

Remember, it’s all about the attitude!

Kevin VanDam's column appears weekly on Bassmaster.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter

Originally published October 2012