Smallmouth Bass begin to school and hang around main lake basin structure. This period is when the bass have become BIG and they are aggressive while trying to put on the fat for winter. This is my favorite time to fish for Smallmouth as they are grouped up in good numbers and a lot easier to locate.
We vertical jig with tube jigs and Lindy Rigs and plastics. Probably the most successful method for me to catch absolute football size bass is with the Lindy Rigs. We use about 5 feet of florocarbon snells with 1/2 oz. slip sinkers and #4 snell hooks with 3-5 inch sucker minnows.
We have actually dropped an Aqua-vue camera down on the reefs as we are fishing and watched the Bass fight for those suckers. It's quite a site to see. Many of my regular Muskie customers that come fishing in late September thru October will take a morning off and we will go Smallmouth fishing for 3 hours to experience the thrill of catching these incredible fighting maniacs of the fall. On full day trips for Bass, we can have some 30 - 40 fish days and the majority of them are 18"- 22". This is an experience every Smallmouth Bass fisherperson should experience. Eagle Lake is truly world class bass fishery.