This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to fish with my friend Gary Weissenberger. Gary has spent the last 20 some years in California. It was a joy to watch his reaction on seeing someone catch bass in the middle of the day on top water.
The key to it is really simple, granted the fish were not large, the biggest about 2 1/2 lbs., but they were fun. If the water temprature is over 55 you can get them on top. The main thing that day was wood and cloud cover. Every fish came from a solitary peice of wood. The wood was located in a small main lake pocket and all of it had deep water next to it. You can not use a fast moving bait this late in the year so remember to keep it slow and focus on these points.
1.) Use a slow bait, something like a popper or prop bait that you can keep in the strike zone.
2.) Work the bait next to cover, even a small single solitary branch can hold a hawg.
3.) When it comes to wood more is not always merrier.
4.) Fish main lake pockets, go to the windy side if possible.
5.) Make sure there is some deep water near by. They will not travel far this time of year.
6.) Last but not least have fun!
I hope this helps you put more fish in the boat so get off the couch and get out there and have some fun.