When Pete Ponds is fishing a river system in September, he relishes the improving drop-shot bite, not just because it produces fish but also because it’s possible to see the bite — even in deep water, and big fish.
I’m concentrating on 1,075-acre Lake Okhissa this month, since it is home to plenty of vegetation and numbers of big bass. September often is a tricky month to fish for bass; baitfish are starting to move into shallow water — with bass following them — and the vegetation is breaking up some, which means more areas will be available to fish than in the summer. My favorite lures will be surface lures, frogs and punch baits.
Recruitment of young fish is essential to sustained fishing. Despite the amount and intensity of management directed at largemouth bass, America’s most-popular gamefish, the relationship between the abundance of adults and their offspring has not been clearly established. Pond studies from the University of Florida shed light on this critical question.
Justin Giles doesn’t just fish at night for bass in the summer because it’s coolers, but because that’s when he catches some of the biggest fish of the year. Here are some of his tips that can help you find and catch more fish after dark.
Rebounding bass fishing at Barnett Reservoir may get more attention, but the fishing for other popular species, including crappie and catfish, may be better.
And so far, in 2018, even bream fishing has been phenomenal.
I like to fish rivers for bass in August, because they always have some current moving, and fish like that. The Tombigbee River that divides Alabama and Mississippi is one of my favorite rivers for August bassing. I’ll start fishing at the Columbus pool and also fish the Aliceville pool.