Fall is heavy-duty feeding time for largemouth bass and locating bait schools is the key to locating the fish. No matter how sweet the area or how pleasant the water conditions; no bait equals no bass.

Graphing creeks is one way to dial in the action, as any pods of shad you mark will almost certainly have heavier marks or streaks (attacking bass) displayed around their perimeters. Find such displays and a Booyah spinnerbait or a Bandit 100 or 200 crankbait can deliver plenty of action.

But that’s not the only way to find the fall bite. Often you’ll find plenty of visual cues at or above the surface. Flipping shad won’t go unnoticed for long and explosive surface pops signals the presence of hungry predators.

From a distance, watch for seagulls and terns hovering over the water, screeching and dipping in frantic efforts to pick off bait fish run topside by predators below. Could be white bass, but nabbing a few big ones is a good sign that the largemouth are near.

To quickly weed through the whites, go big on the baits – something like a 6-inch YUM Money Minnow – or go to a jig, which is something white bass don’t normally eat.