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The Ups and Downs of Early Fall Bass

Bass anglers have two compelling options at this time of the year: go deep for smallmouths or move shallow for largemouths.

The Ups and Downs of Early Fall Bass
Bass put on the feedbag in fall. Smallies often head to deeper structures and can be caught on small finesse-style swimbaits. (Jason Halfen photo)

Fall is an extraordinary time to be a bass angler. As water temperatures cool from their summer peak, baitfish make predictable changes to their typical locations and bass—both smallmouths and largemouths—respond in kind by following their prey and feeding with urgency. After a long summer that scattered bass across multiple habitats, fall is a time of consolidation, pulling large numbers of fish into more focused locales. At the same time, the bass’ feeding switch is flipped to “on,” providing anglers with excellent opportunities to catch large numbers of heavyweight fish as the leaves show their first shades of orange, crimson and gold.

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