I’ve been on the road a lot filming and fishing the past few weeks and have watched the fall transition develop across the south and into the north.
Of course, it’s farther along here in Michigan where the trees have turned into an array of brilliant colors and the water temperatures are dropping precipitously.
You’ve heard me say this before; what triggers the fall pattern is a good 10-degree drop in temperatures. We’re in the midst of that now and that’s what ignites bass and baitfish movement toward the shallower water. When that happens, fishing starts to get very good.
On reservoirs, this is when the shad are moving into the creeks, especially if the water has some color to it. That’s where you find the shad and bait.
In lowland reservoirs, they move into the backs of creeks with stained water; in highland reservoirs, they can be anywhere from the mouth to the back.
There are common clues that this is happenin’ and the birds are one of the best. If you find an area with gulls and herons hanging around, it’s a dead giveaway that the shad are there, too. Another key sign is when you see the shad flitting around the surface or you notice balls of bait on your graph.