Bass are not terribly complicated creatures to begin with — and in the fall of the year, they become even easier to figure out. 

Just find the bait schools. 

With winter’s leanness right around the corner, bass know that autumn is gorge time, so look for largemouths to actively roam bait-congregation areas and feed nearly round the clock. 

Peak times and ideal scenarios definitely narrow your search; and that’s why Bassmaster Elite pro Jason Christie follows the wisdom of selecting a sensible starting point, but leaving plenty of room for flexibility. He’s always hoping for that daylight bite, but as his day progresses he bases his movements on one simple principle: If you’re not around the bait, you’re not around the fish.

“This is where your electronics can play a key roll because those bait schools will move around during the day to find the right depth where they feel comfortable,” Christie said.

Unquestionably, the most important factor in the temperature game is sunlight. Fall can find bass gorging throughout the day, but sunup and sundown can offer some of your wildest action as the low light conditions find bass feeding with reckless abandon. 

In early fall, especially when warmth lingers, the daybreak period spurs feeding as the first rays of light enable them to spot their prey. Conversely, approaching nightfall motivates them to gobble all they can before going to bed.

As fall marches onward and nights become progressively cooler, bait schools and bass will show greater activity in the afternoons.