It took only one quick glance at the sonar screen to realize the end was near. The temperature readout was reporting water cold enough that, in just a few short weeks, would sport a paper-thin layer of ice. Targeting smallmouth bass from the Lund would soon come to its seasonal end.
But in my favor was the fact that when water temperatures sink, it creates a last-chance bass fishery with a better bite for big fish than any other time of the year.
Where and why
Whether you’re fishing one of the Great Lakes, natural inland lakes, or reservoirs throughout the Midwest, once water temperatures reach the 50s and below, there’s a mass exodus of smallmouth bass from their summertime haunts as fish by the thousands swim shore-ward.