Angler’s Perspective: Best Bass Catching Baits For The Fall

For me, the fall is my favorite time of the year to bass fish. Those hot summer days are behind us and cooler days and nights take over. This in turn cools the water surface temperature down which helps to trigger a good feeding frenzy. Today, we’ll take a look at few of the best fall baits you need to have tied on the next time you go fishing.

First, let’s tie on an oldie but goodie, a spinnerbait! Now with this bait, you want to keep it simple. Keep in mind that bass are feeding on shad or baitfish trying to fatten up for the winter months. So, the color you choose, should be white or if the water has a little stain, use chartreuse and white combination. I have found more success by using a smaller spinnerbait like a ¼ oz. with two small 1 ½ or #2 willow leaf blades. I like double silver blades if the water is clear and a silver/gold combination if the water is stained. Again, you’re trying to imitate small shad, so smaller blades tend to look more realistic. My favorite ¼ oz. spinnerbait is called a “Humdinger” which has small blades and comes in several blade combinations, but again I like the double willow bait the best. One thing that I feel really sets the “Humdinger” apart from other spinnerbait brands, is the living rubber skirt, which has more action coming through the water than your traditional silicone skirt.

Next, a crankbait can be a great choice when targeting bass that are chasing and feeding on shad or baitfish. Again, you’re trying to match the hatch so again, keep it simple. I like a bait called a “Bandit” which comes in three different series: 100, 200 or 300. The 100 series is shallow running crankbait that runs 2 to 4 feet deep depending on what size line you’re throwing. The 200 series for me is my personal choice and runs 6 to 8 feet again depending on the size line you’re using. And the third series, is a 300 which runs 8 to 10 feet deep. When it comes to color, choose either a pearl-colored bait with a black back, a chrome with either a blue or black back and my personal choice is what Bandit calls the “splatter back” which is a white crankbait with black paint splattered across the back of the bait and has a yellow belly but sometimes I’ll alter this yellow belly with hot red fingernail polish.

One more option is a topwater bait like a chugger, prop bait or a walking style bait like a “Zara Spook”, “Chug bug”, or my personal choice, a “Yellow Magic” (Pop R type of bait). Nothing gets the blood flowing more than a bass exploding on a topwater bait! Everyday can be different; you have to let the fish tell you what they want each day. Some days they want a bait that walks from side to side, and on other days, they may want a slow retrieving prop bait like a small or medium size Whopper Plopper. Also, always, always, always make sure you a have “ SPRO” topwater frog tied on no matter what. When the bass are eating the frog, it can get very exciting really quick.

This fall when you head to the lake, I hope this will help make your decision making easier. The fall can be an awesome time to be on the lake, as bass migrate up the creeks and gorge themselves on shad. It’s also a great time for another reason, a lot of anglers are hunters and are in the woods chasing Mr. Buck; leaving the lakes less crowded. So, take the time over the next two months and lock in on some of the best bass fishing action of the year. Make sure to check out the Tackle Talk Live show every Monday at 11:00 AM on our You Tube channel or on our Facebook page. Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live

Parish Library to Host Blood Drive Today

The Bienville Parish Library in Arcadia will host the LifeShare™ Blood Drive today, October 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The link below will direct you to the schedule so you can register the most convenient time for your donation.

Few acts are as simple, and yet so generous, as donating blood. The only source for this blood is you – the volunteer donor. Donors are needed to help ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for patients in their community. Blood is needed every five seconds; it may even be needed for someone you know.

Most donations take only approximately 40 minutes. This includes completing a donor registration form, receiving a mini-physical, donating about one pint of blood and enjoying refreshments after.

After donating, all blood donations are tested to ensure that the blood is safe for transfusions. Each unit of blood is tested to verify blood type and should a problem be detected during testing, donors will be confidentially notified by mail.


Blood consists of different parts, which serve different purposes. Patients require specific blood components based on their diagnosis. Thanks to advances in medical technology, blood can be separated into different components.

Red blood cells: are used to treat anemia and blood loss resulting from trauma and surgery.

White Cells: are blood cells that protect the bloodstream from infection.

Platelets: help control bleeding by helping the clotting process. These are commonly used in treating cancer and leukemia.

Plasma: is used for treating bleeding disorders, severe burns and shock.

Every donation can save up to three lives and every drop counts! We hope you will consider donating today during the Bienville Parish Library’s hosted Blood Drive with services provided by the LifeShare Blood Center. Make a difference in someone’s life today!

Donate Blood in Brewton’s Mill in Honor of Randy Davis Tomorrow

The LifeShare Bus will be hosting a blood drive tomorrow, October 16, at Brewton’s Mill Fire Department from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of Randy Davis.  Randy just had a liver transplant this week and had to have blood. He could need more at any time. It can’t be produced in a lab. It ONLY comes from people like you! Donate blood-regardless of your blood type-and you will be benefiting Randy and countless others!  Click below to schedule your appointment.

Save the Date: Mt. Lebanon Stagecoach Trail Museum’s Fall Festival Set for November 6

Mt. Lebanon Stagecoach Trail Museum’s Fall Festival fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Events include a silent auction, cakewalk and cake auction with homemade cakes, and a quilt raffle. This beautiful quilt was hand-made and donated by Emma Kidd. It is 89”x89”, and the pattern is called “Burgoyne Surrounded”. Tickets are $1.00 each, and the drawing will be at 3:00 p.m. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets can be purchased from any board member or on site the day of the festival. You can also email Steven Lyles at to purchase tickets or message him through his Facebook page. The Country Store will serve lunch from 11:00 am until 2:45 pm. Menu: gourmet hot dogs with all the trimmings, homemade chili, chips, desserts (sweet potato pie, tea cakes, brownies, butterscotch Rice Krispy treats, cake) and a drink (tea, soft drink, or water)

NOTE: Due to an abbreviated festival this year, we are not having the Chili Cook Off or Sweet Potato Pie Contest.

Man Shot to Death, His Body Dumped into Lake Bistineau

According to KTBS, a crappie fisherman found a man’s heavily tattooed body partially submerged in Lake Bistineau Sunday.

The man was shot multiple times and dumped off of the Highway 154 bridge.  Investigators located blood where they believe the man was pushed off of the bridge.

The man appeared to be in his 20s and was wearing shorts and socks.  His identity has not been released.

An autopsy was performed Monday in Little Rock, Arkansas, the results of which are forthcoming.

Investigators believe the man was from Shreveport and also believe he was shot in Shreveport.  They believe the killing was possibly gang-related though they did not provide any information as to how they formed their theory.

The Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries assisted with the body recovery and searched the surrounding area for evidence.  

Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport police are leading a joint investigation into the man’s death.

LDWF Announces Text-to-Tag for your Deer and Turkey Harvest

Tag and Validate Your Harvest from Your Smartphone

As of yesterday, October 12, 2021, hunters can tag and validate their deer or turkey harvest directly from their smartphone (via text) immediately after the animal is harvested. Log into your account at and click E-tag/Text-to-Tag, and follow the steps below to tag and validate your harvest via your smartphone.

As long as you complete the electronic tag before moving the animal, you do not have to attach a physical tag. You must have a physical copy or a picture of your harvest tags on your smartphone to use this feature.

How to text-to-tag and validate your deer or turkey once you are enrolled

1. Send any text (e.g. ‘Report’) to 225.267.9988

2. Confirm your identity: ‘1) Yes, that’s me’ or ‘2) No, that’s not me’

3. You will be asked if you have moved the animal: ‘Yes’ or ‘No’
a. If you have moved the animal, reply ‘Exit’ and use traditional paper tags.
b. If you have not moved the animal, reply ‘Continue’.

4. To continue tagging by text, respond ‘Text’ to the text message.

5. Reply to each prompt:
a. The tag number you will be using for this harvest
b. The animal’s gender: ‘Buck’ or ‘Doe’
c. The harvest date
d. The parish of harvest
e. ‘Public’ or ‘Private’ Land
f. Deer harvest area

6. Verify all of your responses ‘1) Yes, validate my tag’ or ‘2) No, I’d like to start over’

7. You will receive a text to confirm that your harvest was successfully tagged and validated.

8. You are now ready to move your animal.

How to tag and validate via website (initiated via text) once you are enrolled

1. Send any text (e.g. ‘Report’) to 225.267.9988

2. Confirm your identity: ‘1) Yes, that’s me’ or ‘2) No, that’s not me’

3. You will be asked if you have moved the animal: ‘Yes’ or ‘No’
a. If you have moved the animal, reply ‘Exit’ and use traditional paper tags.
b. If you have not moved the animal, reply ‘Continue’.

4. To continue tagging through a website, click the unique link in the text message you receive.

5. Confirm your contact information on the customer portal.

6. Click ‘Next’ and follow on-screen prompts

7. Locate the tag you will be using for this harvest and select ‘Report’

8. Fill in the harvest date, animal’s sex, parish of harvest, public or private land, and deer harvest area

9. Click ‘Save’ to validate your tag.

10. You will receive a text to confirm that your harvest was successfully tagged and validated.

11. You are now ready to move your animal.

If there is no cellular signal, hunters can still use traditional paper tags and validate them via phone (225.267.9998) or online within 72 hours of harvest. If you’re using paper tags, we recommend using snack-size zip-top bags and zip ties to secure the paper tag onto the animal or attaching the paper tag to the animal and then cover the tag in packing tape. Note:

For hunters using paper tags, LDWF has a new harvest reporting phone number–225.267.9998. The 844 number is no longer in service.

Deadlines to Make Changes to Voter Registration for Upcoming Election

The deadlines to register to vote or make changes to your registration for the November 13th election are as follows:

  • In person or by mail deadline is today, Wednesday, October 13th.
  • Online deadline is October 23rd.

To register or make changes to your current registration online please visit

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Registrar of Voters office at 318-263-7407 or email at