Black Bass: October marks the beginning of a seasonal change and even though it is still hot at times, the action will progressively get better over the next few weeks. Shad will start moving shallow toward the back of creeks and coves in which bass will follow. Shallow running crank baits and plastic worms fished around boat docks and along any type of rock structure is a good pattern to start with. Some areas have stumps and logs, which is another good choice.
Crappie: Crappie action will continue to get better especially as the water temps start to cool down. Minnows and jigs fished along the 1097 Bridge and brush piles in 15’ – 20’ depths are usually good patterns to fish for crappie during this time of year.
White Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass: These fish are loads of fun to catch because of their strength and speed, and they eat good too. I like to start out by trolling pet spoons over humps and points to locate these fish. If they are along the bottom, I will use slab spoons and bounce them in that area. If they are half way from the surface to the bottom, then is it best to continue to troll. Best depths are 15’ – 30’ or so.
Catfish: This month is the start for great catfishing action. Water temps are cooling down a bit and these fish get much more active. Just bait up areas in 17’ – 23’ along creek and river channels with range cubes or milo and use chicken liver, shrimp or stink baits and you shouldn’t have any trouble with some good catfishing action.