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This week is the official start of fall on our calendars, but on the fishing calendar we are heading into what’s called the post-summer season. This can be some of the best fishing time and some of the toughest. As this seasonal period progresses, more of the weeds are slowly dying, reducing the amount of oxygen in the shallow water and driving fish to the deeper edges that are still green. This makes some great fishing possible for big fish as they cruise along the deep edge looking for the easy meal.
This is also a great time for big pike, and big bass in that 10’ to 15’ of water. Reports from Lake Geneva confirm that 10’ to 15’ feet of water is prime; the best fishing on Geneva has been at night with boats catching 20 to 30 three-pound-plus largemouth bass. The other side of this equation was on Lake Delevan this past week, with large catches of crappies caught hiding in the weeds in 8’ to 10’ of water just inside the weeds, and fishing for them with a slip float set for 3-4 feet down. The tough fishing will come when the lakes go through their fall turnover.
Fall turnover occurs on most bodies of water. That is when the surface water cools down and becomes heavier than the water at the bottom, and the two actually change places, with the bottom water coming to the top and the surface water going to the bottom. This makes fishing nearly impossible for two reasons. First the sudden water variance is very confusing to the fish and it take a few days for them to re-acclimate, and second the water column from top to bottom is filled with debris and this will take several days to settle as well. So our best advice is to fish early and often for some really great catches and then sit back and relax until after the turnover, when things get back to near normal.
We’ll talk about post-turnover fishing next time. Until then…keep a tight line.
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