Cooler Temps Mean Fish Will Start Biting Again
As people complain and sulk into the fall allergy season, there is at least one big positive that comes with the pollen... Fall fishing is fantastic in Oklahoma.
It has been a very long and ridiculously hot summer across this state. Oppressive heat, a deep drought, and worst of all the fishing was marginal at best. At least it was in my boat.
I like to fish for bass. If anything else, it's a good excuse to spend money on gear and get a few morning hours on the lake a few times each month, but when the brutally hot weather pushes the water temps up into the 80s and 90s, summer is a real killer of fun.
For whatever reason you want to buy into, bass stop eating as much when the temps get really hot. As an angler, you start cranking deep baits and Carolina rigs just to get into their deep holes. Even then, when that metabolism slows they won't bite. But as soon as cooler temps arrive, it's back on as if nature flipped a switch.
While the bass activity has been slowly increasing these last few weeks, the big lunkers are still waiting on that first big temperature drop, and it can't happen soon enough.
You might be saying "Well, it's still hot as heck during the day..." and you're right. We're in that weird transition where it's both uncomfortably hot on most days, but it's also seasonably cold at night. With overnight lows forecasted just shy of the 40's, area lakes are cooling off relatively quickly.
While most people prefer the warm-yet-chilly springtime trips, fall is the season to fish in Oklahoma.
If you don't fish and want to, here are some resources and license information for Oklahoma. Also, with your regular license, you can fish any of the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge lakes for free... State and municipal lakes charge a small daily or season charge for the privilege.
It's also worth mentioning, the bass rules and regulations have changed in 2022... Be familiar with them so you don't give Officer Green Jeans a reason to ticket you on the water.