Catch more fish with these fall bass fishing lure tips

Andy Whitcomb

Cooler fall temperatures can be a great time to fish for bass and other fish species. In lakes and rivers that had reached their maximum summer temperatures, the fish may have been fussy and shy. However, with the shorter days, longer shade and sinking temperatures, anglers are starting to switch to their traditional fall bait.

Fall bass baits usually exhibit at least one of three properties. Bass fishing lures that mimic shade are becoming a top priority. Shad is heavy prey year round, but their seasonal movements in feeder creeks help focus this food source for great fall fishing. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and swimbaits are just a few of the fall baits that can successfully mimic shade.

The second characteristic of fall ball fishing lures is that they move. The slow, bottom-crawling soft plastic rigs used in warm water no longer attract the same amount of attention. Bass in the fall often roams long distances in loose groups, looking for active baits that resemble bait schools.

Another tip for fishing in the fall is to make it big. Fish at this time of year seem to want to save energy in particular. In spring or early winter, any small bait may seem worth the effort, but in fall, larger baits make a big, easy meal for gaining weight before winter.

While fall bass fishing lure patterns are likely to be shadowy, moving, or magnified, this is not always the case. I remember writing about the bigger fall bass bait tip a few years ago from Mark Zona, an expert in bass fishing. He contacted me shortly after it was released and laughingly shared that on a recent fall fishing trip they actually had to downsize to trigger black bass bites. That’s part of the fun challenge of fishing. The only way to find out how to catch fish is to get a driver’s license, get in the water, and start casting.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.