Bass fishing fall turnover


Bryson Dover

Bass fishing

Bass Fishing was added as a GHSA sport in January of 2020. Bass Fishing is a sport that is influenced drastically by nature; if it’s raining, fishing is entirely different than when there isn’t a cloud in the sky. An example of this is one big moment in the fishing world that happens once a year and that most anglers (Fisherman) I know call it, “The beginning of fishing season,” aka: Fall Turnover.
Fall Turnover is when the lake pretty much flips on its head and becomes very unstable. The lake becomes very muddy, and the clarity of the lake decreases majorly. Fish come up off their beds, and toward the more shallow and clearer water. Most anglers come off their brush, and begin fishing off of rock piles and natural brush. Brush are trees and bushes that have been dragged off into the water for fish to live in so that fisherman can pinpoint them.
Professional fisherman, Randy Dover, said that during Fall Turnover, “The water is unstable, and the fish have very particular desired dissolved oxygen and water temperature… most of the time the water is clear but it’ll be murky till it stratifies [flips back to heat at the top and cool at the bottom] again. So the fish, more times than not, will be shallower so a lot of times I’ll fish more shallow until the lake stratifies.”
A huge challenge is anglers trying to adapt to fall turnover after a long summer with a completely different style. Ways some anglers adapt is by going up closer to the banks and throwing top water baits (hard plastic lures that sit on top of the water as they are reeled in). Anglers also start fishing on top of natural rock piles rather than their man made brush.
Fall Turnover impacts the fishing world in major ways and makes the seasons interesting. Figuring out the Bass’ behavior is one of the many challenges that you have to navigate as an angler. However, overcoming these challenges are what makes the best anglers.