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Summer Chill

Hopefully, everyone has had an amazing summer. What I will say with all of the excess water we've had in the True Midwest, it has made for a very eventful summer. We've had some lakes close due to the high water and potential bacteria. Now with bad news, comes unique opportunities. Some of the lakes which have been closed, once they re-open the fishing will be off the hook (pun intended).


Anyhow, most of this summer has been about chasing some finicky smallmouth and largemouth. When I've hit the water this summer, I rarely started up shallow. I would find deeper brush piles and hit them hard. Many of my fish came off deeper brush piles and slow pulling/dragging a Palmetto BugZ. Junebug has always been my go to color for deeper water and brush pile fishing.

My other key bait was the Mag FattyZ in Canada Craw color. Not sure how them Canadian's feel about this color, but it's one of my favorite.

We've had some really hot mornings and just plain sticky. Once that sun really popped out, I realized I had to slow down and force feed those bass. Some things to look for when that summertime comes is brush off main lake points and brush off steeper banks. Not to say that fish won't be back in pockets, but the water is cooler as you go deeper and smart bass head to the deeper cooler water to chill and feed. The main lake usually keeps food on the move with current and those bass can hide in the brush and ambush schools of shad or even crawfish that come by their hideout.

Fall transition is coming and those fish will want to "feed-up" before the water gets too cold. With that in mind, they'll find bait they can follow and feed on. Fall follow the bait is about to come full swing and you'll begin to start catching some serious Toads as cooler temps begin to sink in.

So grab some tackle, spend some time on the water monitoring how these bass move as the temperatures vary and fall sets in, Cheer on The KC Chiefs and "Just Go Fishing."

-Nick Butler

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