Over the years the Fall and Winter seasons have been less about deer hunting and more about fishing for me. It's the time of year that I get to do more fun fishing. I get a chance to experiment because there aren't consequences if I'm unable to catch fish that day. Having the liberty to experiment gives me the opportunity to add baits and techniques to my arsenal as well as honing existing skills I already have.
The Fall to Winter transition can affect a lot of things that bass do. The most important factor that I think you have to consider is depth. Fish want to be in the most comfortable environment while keeping their food and habitat close by. Having deeper water like a river or creek channel close by ensures that they have a nice zone to move to when cold fronts set in.
Typically the fish have been feeding on flat points off the main river channel or in the backs of creeks and pockets during the fall. Water temperatures steadily drop in the flat shallow waters following each passing cold front. Since the deeper water will be slower to cool than the shallower water, expect fish to relate to the deeper water more or possibly where current mixes the water from the surface to the bottom to a more consistent temperature.
The fish will feed on baitfish like blueback herring or shad heavily throughout the Fall and Winter and one of my first choices is a 1/2 oz Fish Head Spin rigged with a Netbait Little Spanky. Bass will begin feeding more on crayfish as the water temps cool into the Winter. I'll start to work a jig more into my arsenal then, keeping the Fish Head Spin handy when the right situation presents itself.
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