Late Season Bass Fishing
During September and October the water is gradually cooling and the bass are again to be found to quite an extent in the shallows. Most of the summer weed growths are dying down, the clouding effect of the summer "working" has passed away, and the water is now pure and clear. All things considered, this is the best time for bass fishing, especially for the bait-caster. New life seems to have been imparted to the bass and they will rise freely and strike the bait with emphasis. At this time, during the early fall, surface fishing is generally very successful and the admirer of the floating bait for bass may safely give his preference full rein.
For stream fishing the above methods should be modified to suit the occasion. Wade wherever possible or, if the stream is too deep for this, use a canoe, the only craft for river work. In streams small-mouths "use" about the edges of rifts and rapids and in the pools at the foot of rapids; they are fond of lying in the lee of sunken logs where there is a gentle current and underneath shelving banks; you will often find them lying close to the banks underneath overhanging trees or brush and among submerged tree-roots from which the river has fretted the soil away. If there are large-mouths in the stream cast in the quiet coves where there are lily-pads and rushes and in the still, weedy reaches of the river.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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