Summer Transition to Fall Fishing

Low water on the Holston River

Falling water levels and shad during fall

Heavy summer weed growth in rivers

Seventeen-inch Holston River smallie

SB2A - Andy's nine pound hybrid 1

My wife Tammie with a nice late-summer rainbow trout.

My wife Tammie with a nice late-summer rainbow trout.

SB4 - Searching for shad in fall

Tools for surface feeding striped bass and hybrids include, from top left; Cordell Red Fins in seven- and five-inch lengths, Storm Jointed Thundersticks and Pop-R's in Super and P60 models. Top right, Heddon Super Spooks in junior and standard sizes. Chrome lures with blue or black backs are staples on most waters but on some, bone or grey colors are top choices. Replace factory hooks with extra-heavy, chemically sharpened models like Owner ST41's and you'll be well equipped.

Tools for surface feeding striped bass and hybrids include, from top left; Cordell Red Fins in seven- and five-inch lengths, Storm Jointed ThunderSticks and Pop-R’s in Super and P60 models. Top right, Heddon Super Spooks in junior and standard sizes. Chrome lures with blue or black backs are staples on most waters but on some, bone or grey colors are top choices. Replace factory hooks with extra-heavy, chemically sharpened models like Owner ST41’s and you’ll be well equipped.

Shallow cool-water rivers like this will attract striped bass throughout summer.

Shallow cool-water rivers like this will attract striped bass throughout summer.

Striped bass like these are excellent table fare so we kept our first double limit.

Striped bass like these are excellent table fare so we kept our first double limit.

Striped Bass Creole with shrimp and scallops, one of my favorite fish recipes.

Striped Bass Creole with shrimp and scallops, one of my favorite fish recipes.

Night fishing striped bass

Striper release strip

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