Fall Small Mouth Feeding Frenzy!

October 9, 2015    //    Joe Scegura

Giant Smallmouth

What’s better than catching hundreds and hundreds of huge small mouth bass…? If I think of something I’ll let you know! The past few weeks has been as good as it gets for fishing in general.  Beautiful weather, endless hard fighting action and the size of the fish has been outstanding. We’ve already caught numerous trophy sized fish and I hope to catch many more! In my opinion Sept/Oct is the best time to fish small mouth. These fish school up and hunt in large schools or packs as I like to call them. They almost resemble a pack of wolves in their eating habits, so the term “pack” seems to fit them better. They will herd their prey (minnows and other smaller fish) to the surface or against shore and then attack. It’s amazing to see nature at work. These fish will never eat more than they do at this time of year. You can actually see them get rounder and rounder as the days go by.We’ve been catching most of our fish in 1′-10′ feet of water. The best areas are mostly hard bottom with some type of structure. For example, my favorite areas are shallow rocks with deep water nearby.  My preferred baits are anything that resembles it’s natural forage, minnows and frogs. Minnows are obviously present year round and are the number one baits to use, but don’t forget about frogs. They make a huge push back to the water this time of year, so this makes an imitation frog lure popping along the shoreline very effective!  Over the next few weeks the water temp will continue to drop and so will the small mouths’ appetite. You still have a couple weeks to get in on the hot bite, but after that you’ll have to wait for next year. You can still catch small mouth but they won’t be eating as much or as often as they are right now.Speaking of the water temps dropping… one of the best times to catch walleye is fast approaching!  Generally once the small mouth slow down the walleye will start their own feeding binge. I’ve already heard of numerous reports of good walleye action starting. The walleye bite is still sporadic, but it will only get stronger with each passing day. Especially if we get some cooler temps soon. That always seems to seal the deal and the walleye start feeding heavily. I’d recommend using an 1/8oz – 1/2oz jig and minnow for the walleye. This is by far the most versatile and productive technique to put walleye in your boat this fall.Like always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me at,www.big.walleye@jsguideservice.com



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