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Fishing with Chris
By Chris Wilkerson

Fall has arrived in East Texas, where many avid fisherman have traded in there rods and reels for shotguns and rifles, they may well be missing out on some of the best fishing of the year.

As the water begins to cool the bass get active. They begin to stock up on food for the coming winter. They will literally gorge themselves on shad.

Most of the locals already know this, the place to be in the fall is South Lake areas, The mouth of Penwaugh, both state parks and Indian creek are the place to be in October. The bass are in a chasing mood and will strike almost any lure thrown to them. The shad are migrating out of the main lake into the pockets and creeks. The bass are right behind them. Early on in the month you will want to start fishing on the points and the mouths of the creeks and bays. You need to concentrate in the 4 to 7 foot depths early in the morning. At day break there is a feeding frenzy this time of the year, so being in the right place at the right time is Important. A white buzz bait and spinner baits are the best early. The buzz bait will draw explosive strikes from large bass. So be prepared, a 5 to 7 lb bass is possible at anytime.

The bass usually travel together in the fall. So if you locate one there is likely another one close by. In a team tournament last November we caught over forty bass which were all over 3 lbs in one small area about 20 yards. That day we weighed in almost 19 lbs with 5 fish. So there can be a large concentration in a small area. You will want to keep throwing long as they will strike it. When the bite slows down you should first try to small crank bait such as a Norman little n. If that does not produce it is time to start flippin a tube or a worm.

Now as the month progresses and the water temperature continues to fall the bass with have to move shallower and more to the backs of the creeks and pockets. This usually occurs when the water is in the 65 to 75 degree range. You will want to continue with the spinner bait as the number one bait untill it is not productive. You can cover a lot of water and you will catch fish, if you can get them to strike it go to Texas rigged worm, brush hog, and lizard. If the water clarity remains good the watermelon, and plum colors will produce best where the water becomes stained the darker colors such as june bug, black neon will be the best choice.

The lake will not be near as crowed this month. Take some time to experience how good fall bassing is on Livingston. Be aware when a front blows in the North wish can be dangerous on the south end of the lake. We would like to welcome the Honey Hole Magazine Family Championship in October. There will be approximately 500 competitors along with many family and friends who will be in attendance. What an honor to be hosting the championship. Please use extreme care handling your fish for they are hard to keep alive this time of year. Good luck to everyone!

You can visit my wed site at to get he most up to the minute lake level reports as well as information on upcoming events. I also run a professional guide service on Lake Livingston and Lake Sam Rayburn. I can meet each and every need from instructional fishing to the tournament level, you can give me a call at 936-329-2750.

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