The cooler temperatures are sending the fish on the feed as the water temperatures begin to drop and baitfish school up and head for the backs of creeks. As the water cools, look for all species of fish to begin taking faster moving baits, such as crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

Next week should signal the start of some of the best fishing of the year.

Best action is down lake.

Poe’s, Pretty and Lee’s Creeks are good areas to fish.

Bass can be caught by crankbaiting main channel points and fishing jig ‘n pig around rocks and stumps in 4-10 feet of water.

Best crankbait colors are shad and silver.

Pop-R’s and twitch worms are taking bass in the willow grass beds, while crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms are taking them on the outside edges of the grass.

Early and late in the day, some large bass are being taken on topwater baits, fished in the back ends of coves, where there are leaves on the water.

Stripers are being taken trolling bucktails and Cordell Hot Spots in the main river channel.

The fish are suspended in 16-20 feet of water.

Crappie anglers are having good success fishing small minnows over brushpiles and solid structures.