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A nice largemouth bass jumps after being hooked Wednesday morning. Wipers, striper and white bass are also active at several Kansas lakes.
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A three-pound largemouth bass jumps trying to shake a popper from its mouth.
The depth of the lure in the mouth of this bass shows the fish was feeding aggressively. Fall fish often do as they get ready for winter.
Eric Akred's array of fall bass lures. He likes poppers, upper left, when the water's still shaded. Mid-day he uses plastic craws or jigs, bottom right, fished deep. In between he uses shallow-running crankbaits and spinnnerbaits.
Eric Akred used to spend quite a bit of his fall hunting. Now, he mostly fishes for bass.
A popper worked by Eric Akred nears a stump, a great place for a bass to wait in ambush.
A bass jumps after feeling the hook Wednesday morning in Harvey County.
More than humans enjoy fishing in the fall, like this egret in the shallows of a Harvey County lake.
Eric Akred with the 4 1/2-pound bass that struck on the first cast of the day.
Eric Akred battles a bass Wednesday morning. He said the cooler water temperatures have triggered an annual feeding spree.
A nice mid-morning bass that hit a deep-fished plastic crawdad, a great lure for mid-day fall largemouths.
Like most fall bass, this fish is plump from feeding-up before winter.
Eric Akred, Mulvane, brings a nice bass towards the boat Wednesday morning. Fall's one of his favorite times to catch bass.
A three-pounder jumps near the boat.
A lack of human activity on the water helps make fall bass fishing especially productive.
Eric Akred holds a bass he caught and another landed by Michael Pearce at the same time. It was one of about 10 doubles they enjoyed Wednesday morning.
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