During this month the river portion of the Lake (from Hurricane Deck to Truman Dam) typically turns on fire, but you can also catch fish throughout the Lake. On sunny days, bass will position themselves under shallow dock floats, both up river and throughout the Lake. These docks offer shade, cover, and an ambush point for bass to feed on baitfish.

The month of September is marked by the fall transition. At this time, the water starts to cool down and bass begin to migrate from their summer haunts to feed. The shallow water in the backs of creeks and coves starts to cool down first, which triggers a massive migration of gizzard shad into these areas.

During this month the river portion of the Lake (from Hurricane Deck to Truman Dam) typically turns on fire, but you can also catch fish throughout the Lake. On sunny days, bass will position themselves under shallow dock floats, both up river and throughout the Lake. These docks offer shade, cover, and an ambush point for bass to feed on baitfish.

Make sure to rig up a tube or creature bait on a Crock-O-Gator Gator Lock Head. This head was designed by Wayne Fitzpatrick, who is the owner of Fitz Fishing in Osage Beach. The head features a wire keeper that allows you to skip the bait under docks without having your creature bait slide down on the hook.

The shallow dock pattern is a great way to catch a big fish in September, but you can also catch a lot of fish on flats and secondary points. You can target these fish with buzzbaits and spooks early, and then with crankbaits and jigs in the afternoon.

Fish in September are constantly changing, but a great way to stay on top of what the fish are doing is to check out the videos and daily fishing reports on www.bassingbob.com.