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  • Fall fishing

    Posted by frisky97 on August 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Brian…What do you expect the bass on Priest to start doing different over the next few months as we go in to the Fall months. Also what techniques & baits do you recommend we start thinking about? thanks

    bigred replied 10 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • bigred

    August 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Brian, can you also give some Fall fishing advice about the upper lake, say Hole In the Wall Island and North of there? It would be nice to fish a little closer to my location. I’m docked at Elm Hill Marina so its always a long run down lake to Fate Sanders area.


  • Brian

    August 14, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Fall fishing is around the corner and it may come sooner than later if it stays cool. As the weather drops into the low 70’s and 60’s the bass and crappie will start moving into shallow water(even more than now). They will follow the bait into backs of coves and creeks to feed/fatten up for winter. I love to use topwater baits, shallow crankbaits, spinner baits and rattle traps.

    The key is to look for the bait!

    Good areas to fish down lake near Elm Hill are: Smith Springs, Hamilton Creek and Suggs creek. You can count on fish being in those areas during fall!

    Fall is also a great time to use the wind to your advantage. Fish the banks and coves that the wind in blowing into.


  • bigred

    August 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks Brian … I’ve marked my map!

  • simplecircuit

    August 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Big Red,
    I caught a couple of nice smallmouth IN Elm Hill Marina last week. The fish on the lower end of the lake already seem to be getting into a fall pattern. There were shad all over the place midway back in the marina. The fish I caught all came from 2-4′ of water on a small squarebill crankbait.

  • bigred

    August 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I did the same yesterday! Fished for an hour and caught 2 nice smallmouths and a 2 yellow bass. All were shallow, just like you mentioned. I was using a squarebill that has bluegill colors. I’ll explore the other coves around here soon.

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