Yellow Bass Autumn Fishing
Yellow Bass fall techniques are similar to those used in the summer as they continue to stay in the same deep structures as they do in summer.
They can also be found enjoying large flats in the centre of lakes as well as near creek channels in bigger creeks.
Also in contrast to summer, fall schools often assemble in barren areas that are devoid of timber or spots with a few pieces of isolated cover. Yellow Bass are also on the move a lot in fall so a top fishing spot on day may be dry another.
Use a good sonar based fish finder to locate lots of deep spots and dont start fishing until you either find a large school or locate an area with several large arches are on the screen.
Use lures and baits that resemble small insects, minnows, small shad, small Sunfish, insects and insect larvae. These are not very large fish. The use of large baits will attract other large game fish, which is not a problem unless you are after Yellow Bass and have a ultra light tackle.
However, minnows are the best bait to use on Yellow Bass, though they are very effective at catching other fish as well. A good rig to use is to tie a lighted slip-bobber rig by first attaching a bobber stop.
Now thread on a small bead so the knot cannot slip through the hole in the bobber. A number four hook is sufficient but make sure you use enough sinkers to balance the bobber.
Yellow Bass prefer deep structures with significant depth changes nearby, humps, ledges and creek channel bends. A good sonar fish finder can be helpful in finding these locations. Use lures and baits that resemble small insects, minnows, small shad, small Sunfish, insects and insect larvae.
While they feed throughout the day, overcast and night conditions work well, especially those nights with a new moon. Their preferred temperature range in fall varies from 60°F to 64°F/15°C to 18°C. When the water temperature reaches the mid 50°s, they start moving into the shallows.