Late summer lake transition


As we move into the late summer, fishing gets tougher and this year appears to be no different. The reason for this is simple -- the bass scatter more than they do in other periods of the year. The groups of fish you were used to chasing have now broken up, for the most part, and now you have to look for small gatherings of scattered fish.
One key to solving this late-summer mystery is targeting the right areas of the lake you are fishing; high percentage areas are just a little different than many of the traditional areas you have been fishing.
What was once a great area with cover and oxygen all of a sudden is not holding fish, the bass have moved and you must locate them by looking for different keys to lead you to the fish. It’s a time when your thinking must move from the thick summertime cover onto isolated structure and this requires a change in your thought process.
Deep cover starts to lose oxygen as the summer ends and all of sudden the bass, along with the bait fish, are moving to find oxygen and which will change your targets. This phenomenon is proven every early-fall as we see the bait balls starting to get bigger in the open, clear-water parts of the lake. This change tells you to locate different areas like flats or off-shore road beds with subtle changes in bottom structure or scattered clumps of grass; maybe even long bars where gravel or shells get caught on the edges from current. As the bait searches for areas of oxygen the bass do the same. These subtle areas start to become the areas the bass hang in, there is more oxygen at this time of the year and clear water also becomes more oxygen plentiful, moving the fish to different locations.
As we progress into this late summertime pattern, speed and search-baits become more proficient at finding fish; you need to waste less time, so speed up and cover water. I like spinner baits and rattle baits to cover water, the clearer the water the more apt I am to use top-water baits like “walking baits” and more even in the mid-part of the day. Picasso Chatter baits “Shock Blade” and swim baits can also cover lots of water, searching is key to locate; attention to detail is key to catching once you located fish.
Captain Mike

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