Bass in transition....
How do bass transition from summer to fall on westcoast lakes such as Clear Lake?
Thanks Joel for the question, this is a good but tough one.
The summer to fall transition on the west coast lakes will vary according to the depth of the lake, the available shoreline cover, and the summertime thermocline.
As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, the fish will follow the thermocline as the water cools. So they will get deeper on structure but if the water levels are up and there is a lot of shoreline cover, there will usually be fish shallow in the morning and evening using the cover to feed. This is generally a good top water time.
During the day, the outside structure usually at the falling thermocline levels should be your best bet, especially for the larger size bass.
Most of the schools of bass that have been chasing shad around during the summer months, should be found in the shallows morning and evening. During the day the schools of bass should be structuring up at thermocline levels. You should find the larger bass hanging around the structure.
Fall is a great time to use jigs and bouncing crank baits on structure.