November bass are easier to find with a lure that can be fished at all depths. One such bait is a jig. November is a great time to jig fish! Bass, bulking up for a long winter, will eat gobs of crawfish this month, and a jig imitates a craw very well! Get out there! The scenery is breath taking! The fish are hungry!
Crawfish spend most of their time on the bottom. A crawfish imitation needs to move slowly, from behind one rock, to the next rock. It is hard to fish this bait too slowly. Right now, bass are from 4-35ft. deep, either in the backs of coves, or off or next to, main lake and secondary points, and the shoreline surrounding them. Try a 1/4 to 5/8oz. round head or football jig, brown or green pumpkin in color, and add a trailer, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, or cinnamon purple. Add scent to your jigs. Even if the chosen soft plastic offering is already scented, adding garlic, or craw scent will cause the hungry fish to chew on the bait a bit longer, giving the angler more time for a hook set.
Spinner baits are working now. Try a 1/2oz. double willow blade spinner bait, especially on any windy or rainy day. Natural shad colors, and black, are working well. Vary retrieve speed, to improve number of bites.
Shaky head fishing is hot right now! Take a 1/16oz or heavier shaky head jig head (it is built to make the soft bait you attach to it stand up), add a crawfish, worm, or baitfish soft trailer, and work it slowly along the bottom, frequently stopping the bait completely. The bass just cannot leave this bait alone! Try a skirted twin tail grub, in brown purple or smoke purple. If you closely examine a shaky head jig when it is fished with a slow, short, twitch retrieve, this bait appears to challenge any fish coming at it from behind. The lure seems to sit up, as if ready to attack. This type of behavior attracts feeding bass. Savage strikes are often the result!!!
Try a drop shot rig. Find a line of trees or stumps off a bank with a varied depth. The crawfish, shad, or pan fish the bass are after, will be moving among these trees, and suspended bass will be ready to ambush. Look for underwater timber at all depths. Mark the depths where the most bait fish and bass are found, and find timber at that depth. Fish straight up and down to these suspended fish. Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is. You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.
There is still a top water bite on most of each lake. Top water lures, such a s a Zara Spook, Chug Bug, etc., will work during this time, as will most of the wake baits. Beginning at dawn, look for fish rising on big flats, or cove backs, and fish in these areas. Many times, the bite will end when the sun becomes visible, though, particularly if fog is present, the bite can go on all day! This bite will continue until the water surface temperature decreases significantly.
Don’t forget soft plastic tubes. Try a ¼ to 1/2 oz. jig, with a tube, on main lake and secondary cove points, and any transition banks or flat. Remember, it is important to add scent to all soft plastic, to maximize the time fish hold the bait in their mouth.
Try fishing around docks, pole cedar lined banks, chunk rock points and cove banks, with a jig, tube, drop shot rig, Carolina rigged lizard, finesse worm, French fry, or creature bait, also Carolina rigged. Don’t pass up any different feature, like an underwater hump, depression, ledge, chunk rock section, etc. Shallow to medium depth flats, near deep, main lake water, often produce nice fish.
Do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since smallmouth congregate there, and are now 4-35 ft. deep, for much of the day.
They are out there waiting for you!!!
Good Luck and Good Fishing!