When this time of year gets here you had better have you moving game on. By that I mean "movingbaits" something you can cast and retrive back in quick fashion ie..crankbaits, spinnerbaits,Rat-LTraps, and any bait you cast out and retrive will stand a good chance of catching fish this time of year. The fish know that cold hard times are coming for finding food and they better eat now wihile available minnows and crawdads are easily found. This bass hit a Rat-L-trap style bait a couple weeks ago and he was on of about 20. Numbers and qualiity can be found also during this time of the year, as long a you are where the bait is at. The old saying find the bait find the bass is very true this time of the year.
This bass hit a shallow running crankbait also that same day. You can have a good day of fishing this time of the year and generally not very much boat traffic. It can be cold and even a cold boat ride, but the fishing can warm you right up. Also dress in layers as the afternoon Sun can make you sweat when you are reeling them in one after another. Get out and enjoy the water this time of the year and take your moving baits with you. Use care and caution as you boat around the lakes and rivers this time of the year as a fall in the water could mean life or death with the colder water temps. Wear you life jacket (PFD) and take someone fishing and enjoy our Ozarks waters this Moving time of the year.