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Is there a certain time in the fall that is best for bass fishing?  Brother in law and I are planning on heading down at some point in October.  Didn't want to get into the fall turnover.

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For me in the fall I like it when the surface water temps are going down from the 60 to 45 range, usually gets to be awesome in November - December and actually throughout the winter.

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2 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

October is usually awesome for everything. I always have trouble staying on the green bass in November and December but the Whites and Crappie are usually at an all time activity peak from mid-October until almost Christmas time. 

What are the common fall/winter crappie locations?

I know in spring, I can always find them either in the back of dock slips or between the dock and shore. Don't have much cooler weather experience. 

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We have usually done well fishing jigs as far back under the docks with a white jig.  Further under the dock the better.  Last fall was different, couldn't find any crappie, but the whites and wiper were pounding the jigs, ok with me.  The weekend before deer season seems to be a good one usually.

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If you have side imaging, just scan docks until you find one that lights up like an xmas tree. I usually start out scanning channel swing docks.

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1 hour ago, Seth said:

If you have side imaging, just scan docks until you find one that lights up like an xmas tree. I usually start out scanning channel swing docks.

Will have to see about getting side scan on my kayak lol. 

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I feel fall transition actually starts in late August. We are showing signs of movement allready. As a example crappie were really good in my area the last few day, But they seemed  to have slowed drasticlly as sudden as it started. That is a good example what fall is like. It is not easy to depend on any pattern or theory where they are suppose to be (are any other time really)during the transition. I usially stop when the water temperatire is in the low 50's.. The air temperature to make the water that cold is about to much for these old arthritic  bones.

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I am excited for some fall trips to Lake O.  Made it up with the family a couple times this spring and had some great fishing.  This was my first year to fish on Lake O.  We live in Willard and usually fish Stockton or TR but my stepson is fishing on the Willard HS Team and they fish Lake O so we had a couple practice trips up there and were amazed at all the nice size bass.  I plan on taking him back up there for some practice this fall.  It is a great lake for him to hone his skills because he can get some quality bites and get that experience of catching some sizeable bass.  I have a couple questions on the fall fishing.  How much does the big boat traffic slow after labor day?  Does it slow down enough to fish on the weekends during September or does that not happen until late October when it really cools off.  Can we still catch them flipping jigs around the docks in the fall?   If so main lake or back in the pockets?  Not looking for any secrets just some general info on what that fish typically do as the water cools.  We haven't been up since early May but are looking forward to heading up for a day when the it get a little less crazy on the water.    Thanks in advance for any help. 

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