Fall has made itself known in Southern Illinois. Just like the leaves, temperatures are on "the fall". The whipping winds are biting. And, there's a little frost on the pumpkin.
With all of that, the bass are biting. While it can be frustratingly difficult at times, I very much enjoy fall fishing. If you are familiar with my fishing adventures at all, you know that I spend much of the fall floating around on Crab Orchard Lake.
The water has been low, but is rising. The water is stained to dirty with temps in the low 60s to upper 50s. And, I like it, all of it!
In recent weeks, the bite has gained some consistency, even with the recent heavy rainfall. The feeding bite seems to be on. There are 2 primary bites that dominate Crab in the fall for me. Each year, one or the other seems to be the focus. This year is a bit different....the primary bite seems to be a mish-mash of those 2.
As many of my recent Facebook and Instagram posts indicate, a spinnerbait is the dominant producer for me right now. Imitating bait fish is a must. The flash of the spinner blades is the difference maker right now...without a doubt. Color choice is water-color-dependent. I've caught 'em on skirt colors ranging from smoke to chartreuse/white.
And, if you are looking for a spinnerbait that will catch 'em, give the Bango Blade and the Aggravator from Stan Sloan's Zorro Bait Company a look-see.
My advice is to get out on your favorite lake and "get after it". In our part of the world, this bite will likely last just a few more weeks....weather depending of course.