There’s Still Time to Enjoy Fishing’s Forgotten Season
According to Yamaha Pro Todd Faircloth, anglers still have time to enjoy what he describes as bass fishing’s ‘forgotten season,’ when fish are migrating back out of tributary creeks to main lake structure where they’ll spend the winter.
“Fishermen look forward to September when bass start following shad and other baitfish into the creeks,” explains Faircloth, “but they don’t take advantage of the time those same fish come right back out of the creeks when the water begins turning colder.
The outward migration does not last as long, but the bass are still shallow, easily accessible, and they’re feeding actively because they’re right behind the baitfish.”
Faircloth has experienced this outward migration often on his home lake of Sam Rayburn in Texas, during which he’s caught largemouths weighing more than 11 pounds. His favorite depth range is between five and eight feet, but he stays close to deeper water channels and breaks.
“I like to begin fishing about halfway into a tributary and just work my way out toward the main lake,” he continues. “If the lake has vegetation like hydrilla or milfoil, I’ll really concentrate on that, especially around the deeper edges, but if no grass is present, then I’ll fish secondary points, stumps, rocks, and even the ends of boat docks.
“ I follow the channel with my electronics, because the bass are going to use that channel, too, rather than scatter. I look for baitfish as well as cover and structure, because bass won’t be far from them.”