The temperatures are cooling off. The leaves are changing colors. The gridiron is in full swing. For, it's time to get Crabby...time to head to Crab Orchard Lake for some fall bass fishing. It will be my primary fishing "residence" until the weather turns cold enough to force a move to Lake of Egypt.
I spent the day there on Monday. If you're not familiar with Crab Orchard Lake, it is a very shallow fishery. And, right now, it is a foot or more low. I wasn't sure what I would find. The quick weather change from hot to cold has put the bass in a bit of "shock" it seems. The Lake of Egypt bass were very non-committal for me during the tournament on Sunday. I expected residents of Crab Orchard Lake to be much the same.
I was able to figure a little something out and repeat it somewhat consistently around the lake. I didn't catch 'em everywhere I thought I should, but more often than not. A Stan Sloan's Zorro Baits Bango Blade backed up with a Texas rig and a jig put 'em all in the boat. It often took multiple casts to a piece of cover to entice a bite. But, the bites were often violent once the bass committed. From what I could tell, the bass remain committed to the shallows as rain in Southern Illinois remains scarce.
The water color is stained with temperatures in the low to mid 60s, depending on the time of day and amount of sunshine. The shad are scarttered around everywhere. As the weather stabilizes, I look forward to a better bite for the next few weeks....just ahead of Old Man Winter's arrival...whenever he decides to show up. The longer he waits, the longer the fall bite will last, and I can stay Crabby (in a good way, of course).
Until next time, God Bless, good fishing, and tight lines to all.