Most everything right now is in open water. The baitfish are schooling as they get ready for their fall migration into the creeks and backwater areas.
Seasonal fish movements are about much more than just water temperature.
Go deep and then go deeper is my standard advice to anyone trying to catch a smallmouth bass. This year is different, though.
Some of you are probably laughing. You’re thinking that I’ve stated the obvious. Maybe I have, but I get a lot of guys who come in off the water and ask me why they couldn’t catch them.
It seems like every week we talk about the weather. I don’t always like to do that but this year that seems to be the most appropriate topic, at least if you want to catch more smallies.
The recent wave of bad storms and heavy rains that’s been rolling across the country have made tough living conditions for some humans but made good living conditions for lake dwelling smallmouth bass.
It’s getting to be the time of year when the thermocline comes into play. But before we talk about how that affects our fishing we need to consider what the thermocline is, and what it isn’t.
Today there’s a cold front sweeping across most of the smallmouth territory in our country, but don’t let that fool you. The water is heating up and the smallmouth are getting lethargic.