Take Advantage of Fall Fishing
fishing throughout state in Indian summer, but
techniques may need modifying
Oct. 21, 2009
Although most outdoorsmen and women have already
hunted deer, ducks, or doves, and others are looking
forward upland game seasons, die-hard anglers take
advantage of fishing opportunities on mild autumn
days. This time of year, fish may be a little less
active, but they are still hungry and filling their
bellies in preparation for a long winter, making
this a great time to tackle your favorite fish. But
a few tips are in order.
Itís hard to beat a crankbait for
early fall fishing. Gizzard shad are the preferred
prey of most sport fish in Kansas' larger lakes and
reservoirs. In the fall, young-of-the-year shad are
about 2-3 inches long, and a white or chrome,
fat-bodied crankbait is a perfect imitation. Cast a
deep- or medium-diving crankbait along rocky points
and rip-rapped shorelines, and retrieve it quickly,
so it gets near the bottom and bounces off the
A deep-diving crankbait may be the
best choice even when fishing relatively shallow.
The lureís long lip will deflect off the rocks and
other snags, and this action can often illicit
strikes. If the lure does hang up, give it some
slack and it will often float free. Using light
monofilament or a small-diameter braid line will
allow your crankbait to dive deeper.
When water temperatures cool to
the low 50s or high 40s in late fall, itís time to
catch Kansas crappie. Reservoir crappie will
congregate in large schools over deep brushpiles and
creek channel dropoffs. Jigs or jigging spoons
fished vertically in 12-25 feet of water are most
effective. If too many small crappie are biting, tie
on a larger jig with a 2- or 2 1/2-inch shad-type
plastic body. The larger bait will more closely
resemble shad and may discourage smaller fish.
When concentrations of crappie and
white bass are found, take care to use landmarks or
GPS to mark the spots. They will often be productive
for icefishing if the state experiences a cold
enough winter for solid freeze-up.
Always wear one or two more layers
of clothing than you think you need when fishing in
fall. No matter how warm it feels on land, it will
be much cooler on the water, especially if the wind
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