September 26, 2007
|Details of this report will include general concepts that
will work through mid October. I will be on vacation for two weeks so there
will be no new fish reports until I return.
Water temperature continues to fall as nights are cool and days short. In springtime temperatures in the 60's and low 70's are the periods of greatest fish activity. That works just the same in Fall. Expect bass, stripers, walleye and sunfish to feed heavily before it cools enough to cause inactivity in forage fish and predators alike.
Bass are feeding on shad, sunfish and crayfish in shallows. Lake level decline is stranding more aquatic weed beds each day. Forage fish hiding in weeds must relocate as the weeds dry up. Sunfish and shad are vulnerable to predation during the relocation process. Largemouth bass are very shallow as they live in the grass with sunfish. They can be caught next to shore or on very shallow flats that may not be deep enough for boat operation. Find weeds and largemouth are close. Use surface lures or weedless presentations to fish shallow weeds. Plunking a fluke or senko into an open pocket in a weed mat can be deadly.
Striped bass are hungry and constantly looking for fish forage in open
water. They are most talented at feeding and trapping prey in open water.
They have little finesse while working a weedy bottom near shore. A good
general strategy is to fish the outside reefs for bass while keeping an eye
on the graph for fish in deep water. A spoon can be rigged and waiting.
Employ the spoon at the first sign of multiple fish at 30 feet or deeper.
These fish could be a school of larger bass or a striper school. Either one
will be fun.