Our friend Gabor Horvat has taken advantage of fall Smallmouth Bass fishing to the fullest.
He loves to fish southern Ontario reservoirs but in the fall fluctuating water levels can make catching bass challenging.
On one of his last trips before winter storing his boat he had excellent success catching fish in 5-10′ water along shorelines. As you can see in the background water levels have been lowered in anticipation of an increase of water over the winter months from melt-off and rain.
Gabor loves to fish shallow-diving crankbaits along shorelines to intercept Smallmouth Bass that are searching for shoreline baitfish.
Two other great techniques to catch fall Smallmouth Bass is to fish drop-shot rigs with soft-plastic grubs in the 4″ length. These can be fish imitations like the Italo’s Minnow from Fishing Complete.
Or the 3 3/4″ soft-worm like the Fishing Compete Zipper Drop Shot Shaker. Both these soft-plastic worm well fished slowly within 1′ of the bottom and shaken often. You’ll know a fish has picked it up when your line starts moving in a different direction.