Bartletts Ferry October 2020 Fishing Report

GON Staff | September 23, 2020

Bartletts Ferry: Level: 1.3 feet below full pool. Temp: Low 80s. Clarity: Clear on the main lake, stained in the rivers and creeks.

Bass: Tournament angler Adam Byrd said the shallow bite starts to get much better at Bartletts as the nights and days get cooler in late September and through October. For a scattered largemouth bite, head up the river and fish the hydrilla beds. For numbers of bass, the main lake and creeks are better, but most of your catch down the lake will usually be spotted bass. Adam said he likes to fish shallow water year-round on the lake, and that shallow bite gets better and better in the fall. By late September and October, the bass are following shad shallow, which means they are moving into creeks, and the bass are feeding more often in the cooling water. Adam’s favorite bait is a frog, and he will throw it all day if he can get bit on it. But he will also have a buzzbait, spinnerbait, squarebill crankbait, jig, weightless worm and a shaky head ready. Some specific situations call for one of those baits, so he is adaptable to changing conditions. GON subscribers can see a full feature article with patterns and 10 GPS locations for catching bass on Bartletts this month.

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