Every bass fisherman worth his salt knows that September is the month of the big move. As summer begins to give way to fall, baitfish head back into creeks that feed reservoirs, and it doesn’t take long for bass to follow.
Unfortunately, fish don’t publish a travel schedule that lets anglers know where they’re headed. You don’t know what time the bass train is leaving, which creeks it’s going to visit, and how many fish get off at each stop.
That’s where you have to put one and one and one together and get three. According to former bass pro Marty Stone of Fayetteville, N.C., the equation for great fall bass fishing starts with a cup of current, a slug of stained water and a bushel of baitfish.
“In the fall, we’re looking for fish either in the river or up in the creeks, from the back end out,” said Stone, a four-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier now serving as an analyst on TV’s Major League Fishing. “You can’t just go up the river or go into a creek and hope it works out. You need current, water color and baitfish. I’m going to be running until I find an area that has all three parts of that combinations.
“You can catch some fish in most any creek, but you want to fish a place where groups of fish have moved into, and you need all three of those things to do that.”
Stone said more fish will move into creeks that have a regular and appreciable amount of current.
“A typical creek that’s great in the fall will be a bigger creek that covers the most distance — the farther you have to go from the back of the creek to the main lake, the better,”