Fall transition is underway, meaning changes for fishing fans

Fall transition is underway, meaning changes for fishing fans
October 13, 2013, 10:15 am
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Fall transition is underway.

The heavy rain and high winds are breaking up hydrilla and milfoil is becoming fishable. Look for clear water and healthy grass. Fish will be chasing bait as grass cover is dwindling.

Expect water temperatures close to 65 this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “After a possible shower on Monday, the rest of the week looks nice with highs warming into the low 70s before cooling into the mid 60s for the weekend. Overnight lows range from 45-55 with a few scattered clouds and light winds.”

With a falling tide in the early afternoon, start with topwater poppers from Lucky Craft, like the larger G-Splash 80 and the larger Gunfish. Then use lures to reach grass. Chatter jigs with Mann's HardNose SwimShads. Craw patterns along with black/blue combos will work. Use 12-14 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon on a medium heavy rod.

This cool-off is a super time for crankbaits, reds, white, and baitfish patterns of Lucky Craft LVR D-7 on Edge 14-pound test on a medium action rod with a bit more backbone to snap from grass. Keep lures over tops of grass.

Square bill fire tiger, reds, and baitfish pattern crankbaits will work too. Try 12-pound test Edge to contact grass. Mann's Baby X will reach grass about 3 feet down or use Mann's Baby 1-Minus when the tide falls to stay on grass tops.

With stained water, try spinnerbaits. Gold Indiana or Colorado blades and white skirts create vibration, effective in muddy water. Use ¼-ounce at lower tides and 3/8-ounce at higher tides.

Finding muddy water, target hard cover. Slow presentations with Mann's Stone Jigs, black/blue with bulky Mizmo Swamp Monster craw trailers in wood cover or around docks will work.