The fall transition has begun. Surface temperatures are ranging from 80
degrees at first light to 83 in the afternoon.
Falling temperatures have triggered the annual fall migration of baitfish
and bass shallow. We are early in this
fall transition period, so there are still plenty of fish deep.
To target shallow fish, top waters and crankbaits cast
towards rocky banks on main lake points and bluff walls are triggering vicious
strikes from hungry largemouth and Guadalupe spotted bass hunting for a
meal. This pattern has been producing
some of my best quality fish (up to 5 lbs).
Early morning has been best for this bite.
There are also some schooling bass early in the mornings in
and around marinas and in deep water near bluff walls. These schoolers are targeting small threadfin
shad. Pop-R’s, walking baits, and small
swimbaits are productive for these fish.
Schooling activity has not been lasting very long, so it’s very
important to be on the water at first light to capitalize on these fish. Overcast days will extend this bite.
The deep bite right now has been the most dependable. My clients and I have been finding and
catching bass schooled up on ledges in 25 – 40 feet of water. Good electronics make finding these fish very
easy. Drop shots and shaky head finesse
worms have been drawing strikes from these fish. Green pumpkin and watermelon red have been
the most productive colors. Persistence
pays off with these fish. You may have
to locate and fish several schools before you find the ones that are ready to
eat. Take note of the size you are
catching as schooling bass tend to all be at/around the same size.
Fishing on Travis is good right now but will only get better
as the weather and water temperatures cool.
Guided Fishing Trips
For updates or to book a trip, give me a call at 915-217-5263 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Tomasits - Hill Country Bass Coach