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Conquer falling water with Clifford Pirch

Arizona angler Cliff Pirch says catching fish from falling water can be tricky, unless you make the right adjustments. Photo by James Overstreet

The term “fall” describes a season when the temperatures start to drop and leaves begin falling off the trees. But many anglers associate fall more with falling water levels. That’s because water agencies like the Tennessee Valley Authority and Alabama Power draw down reservoir levels each fall to prepare for winter storms and spring floods. The drawdown ultimately helps bass anglers because it freshens the water and allows new growth along exposed areas of the shoreline. That new growth becomes inundated in spring and provides spawning areas and protection for bass and fry, and ultimately sets up the famous skinny-water willow and bush bite.