Fall is a great time for fishing in East Texas. As the nights get longer and the days get cooler the water temperature in the lakes starts to drop. When this happens, the bass start to move up into shallower waters so they can fatten up for the winter. This fall feeding frenzy makes for some excellent bass fishing and a great opportunity for you and your family to catch a lot of fish.
A lot of the younger bass will start schooling and feeding on shad just out from the brush lines in some of the creek channels on Lake Livingston in Polk County. These creeks will typically range in depths of about 10 to 20 foot of water. Schooling bass are fun to catch using a silver spoon or a chrome rattletrap. Just throw out into the middle of the school and hang on. These are not going to be big bass but because of the numbers they will be fun.
If you are fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn in Jasper County you will find these schooling bass just outside of grass beds off of underwater points also in about 10-20 foot of water. These are usually very aggressive bass, so catching them does not require a lot of finesse. Another tactic for finding bass on the move is to find some deep water grass in about 15-20 feet and swim a soft plastic worm with a light weight sinker or slow roll a spinnerbait.
If you’re fishing for some of the larger bass, move up into the brush and start fishing with soft plastics in about 3 to 10 feet of water. You also can catch these fish using a spinner bait. Here’s a little tip I learned a long time ago. If the sky is clear then use a spinner bait with a silver blade and a white skirt, but if it’s an overcast day then use a gold or copper colored blade on your spinner bait with a chartreuse skirt. I know this sounds simple, but it really works.
Fall fishing can be a great time to catch some good quality bass. So don’t waste the opportunity, take your son or your daughter with you, take the whole family, and get on the lake and see how much fun it is to catch bass in the fall, because fall fishing can be some of the best fishing of the entire year in our East Texas lakes.