The 2 best times of year for fishing are in the early spring and the early fall, before the winter weather.
And with fall arriving this week, it’s time to grab your gear, cooler and binoculars and read over this fall fishing cheatsheet!
Why Early Fall?
In order to be the best fisherman you can be, it is best to understand why early fall is the best time for bass fishing.
To put it simply, bass fish school together in the early fall when the weather cools down. When the weather cools down, so does the water, which equals more oxygen in the lake. With more oxygen in the lake bass become more active!
Get those bass hooked!
This is the season when bass will strike at about anything you throw at them. However, some patterns work better than others.
You need to know these 3 things in order to catch premium bass:
1. Understanding the natural feed in the lake.
2. Awareness about marine plant life in the lake.
3. Knowledge of areas of the lake where shallow water is closer to deep water.
Colder temperature makes bass more active, and with more activity comes a higher energy burn, thus the need to seek more food. Familiarizing yourself with the natural forage and plant life in the lake assists in picking out correct bait and finding the bass. Bass is usually found chasing shad or other forage fish, in their normal habitat of deep water with close proximity to shallow water.
Apply what you know on Shasta Lake
The best place to start when going out to hook some bass is to locate the bait. Bass feed on the shad in Shasta Lake. The Jones Valley area offers the finest entrance to the Pit and Squaw Arms, which are considered the best areas for overall fishing.
Other common areas are located where the streams and rivers fill into the lake – McCloud Bridge, on the McCloud, and Riverview (Lakehead) on the Sacramento Arm. However, the Jones Valley area of Shasta Lake is known as the best bass habitat on the lake.
Head out from Jones Valley and look for bird feeding activity or where bait balls are pushed to the surface by feeding trout and bass.
Once you find your spot, its time to imitate the bait. We recommend using small blue and silver spoons like Hopkins “Shorty” spoons. To attract strikes, some people use rip bats through the schools.
This cheatsheet has provided you with all the information you need to catch “the big one” this fall – except patience!