This week Kyle Fogarty asks, "What is the best time to try a topwater lure?"
There are only a few months out of the year that I don't have a topwater lure tied on. However, one of the very best times to fish one is in October on our desert lakes. As the water temperature cools, many fish are drawn into the shallows and this makes them vulnerable to a topwater lure. It's one of the best ways to get a fish's attention when it is feeding toward the surface. This is generally the case when they are feeding on shad. Predator fish use this technique because when the shad reach the surface there is nowhere else to go.
Thanks, Kyle, and be sure you have a Rico or a buzzbait tied on for the next few weeks to get in on some great fall topwater action.
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Apache: Fishing is good. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass have been hitting topwater lures. Smallmouth have also been biting small spinners like the Dragonfly series in Don's Special.
Bartlett: Fishing is good. Topwater fishing with Ricos has been good early in the day. Many anglers have also had good success with 4-inch and 6-inch worms on the bottom.
Pleasant: Fishing is fair. For the best action, look for fish feeding on shad in 35 to 40 feet. Jigging spoons or drop-shot rigs seem to be the easiest way to target these fish. There have also been some reports of topwater action early and again during the middle of the day. However, the deeper patterns have been more stable than the shallow patterns with recent heavy fishing pressure.
Roosevelt: Fishing is good. Topwaters, spoons and Texas-rigged worms are pretty hard to beat lately. Several giant bass were caught this week including a 9.7-pound largemouth.
Saguaro: Fishing is fair. Yellow bass are still the best bet for action. Try fishing small spoons and tailspinners. Some largemouth have been caught on Texas-rigged worms in red, brown or purple. For walleye try firetiger crankbaits in the late evening.