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Fall Out For
the fall weather turns
spending the hot summer slumbering
in deep-water haunts,
vast waters of my home lake offers anglers a wide variety of areas
and patterns to try throughout autumn.
After the Labor Day holiday, boat traffic
decreases and the
bass fishing turns on in the backs of major
feeder creeks and the upper ends of the main tributaries.
best areas to try in early fall include the upper sections of the
Osage and Niangua Rivers
and the backs of feeder creeks, such as the
Gravois, Little Gravois, Grand Glaize, Linn,
Indian and Soap.
and wood stick-ups
are key targets for bass in the
shallows of the creek. When
largemouth bass are chasing shad
in these areas a variety of lures will catch
topwater chuggers such as Rebel Pop-Rs, buzz baits and spinnerbaits.
One of my favorite techniques
for these active bass is to
bump a shallow-running crankbait
into the wood cover.
the weather turns sunny, I
key on shallow boat
docks where the bass suspend under the
floating piers to ambush shad.
Running a spinnerbait or twitching
a soft jerkbait close to the sides of the dock usually coaxes
a bass out of its hiding place. However the best way to trigger dock
bass into biting is swimming a
jig and plastic or pork
trailer along the dock's foam. I
prefer using a 1/4-ounce light-colored
jig with a white pork chunk or
blue plastic crawfish that I quickly retrieve in a hopping fashion
within about 1 to 2 feet of the surface.
main lake also produces
plenty of action for spotted bass in the early fall. Marauding gangs
of spotted bass can be
seen slashing through schools of baitfish along main lake points and
islands. The bets lures for catching these fish include topwater
chuggers, 1/4-ounce Rat-L-Traps and 1/4-ounce
spinnerbaits. My guide trip clients usually caught plenty of spotted
bass when they
worked small topwater chuggers next to main-lake boat docks.
quality largemouth can be caught in the mornings on chrome-and-black
Storm Lures Wiggle Wart crankbaits along main lake points. Later in
the day, the bigger fish move into brush piles 10 to 20 feet deep
where you can catch them on
Texas-rigged 10-inch plastic worms or jigs
and pork chunks.
mid-October through November, the lake level usually starts dropping
and bass concentrate on the chunk-rock primary and secondary points.
Some of the most productive techniques for
catching late fall bass on
the points include waking a 1/2-
to 3/4-ounce spinnerbait, slowly cranking
a buzz bait or working
a Heddon Zara Spook with a walk-the-dog retrieve.
Swimming a jig along the main lake docks also
and spotted bass. If the
lake level remains high,
then flipping a 3/8-ounce jig and pork chunk along seawalls
on secondary points also produces
information on lodging and other facilities at the
of John Neporadny's book, "THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing
Guide" are available by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the
web site www.jnoutdoors.com.