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Fall Tactics for Northern Smallmouth Bass

How to catch big smallmouth bass during the fall months in the North

Fall Tactics for Northern Smallmouth Bass

Most anglers have both spring and fall marked on their calendars as the best time to catch giant smallmouth bass. Bass feed heavily during fall, which makes for some of the best fishing action one can find. In the spring, fish will feed up before and after the spawn making up for a long winter of a slowed metabolism. Likewise, fall presents an opportunity for smallmouth to gorge on forage and bait fish as they prepare for the winter.

When the water cools in the North, crawfish shells get harder making them a less desirable meal to smallmouth. When this happens, baitfish become a number one priority. However, prior to fall, in the earlier part of the cooldown, fish will locate along...

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