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Old 09-08-2011, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fishing Clear Lake in the Fall

Hey Mike,

I was wondering if you could explain the summer to fall transition on Clear Lake. Do the fish change to a different kind of structure? Depth? Food?


Austen Schmalz

Hi Austen,
The fish will be using the same structure, grass beds, docks, rock piles, and so forth. The bass will follow the food supply and should hold the same, especially the north end. The south end, the fish should slowly move to deeper structure as we get closer to winter. Such as deeper docks and rock piles and points. The food supply at Clear Lake is basically hitch, silversides, crawdads, shad, and panfish. It seems like the shad population is coming back somewhat this year. The adult bass would be feeding on crawdads and hitch.

Jigs, jerkbait, swimbaits, and deep crank plugs, should be working. Try fishing isolated grass patches offshore, morning and evening. Look for a frog, spook, chugger, buzzbait, and topwater bite. Also check midday for this bite. It will take a lot of work figuring out exactly what the bass are doing. There are so many options. You will definitely be able to catch bass on a 6" Folkestad Special drop shot. Good Luck!

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