Though it is true that smallmouths often become finicky and typically prefer smaller lures, at times the exact opposite is true, particularly in the fall. Smallmouth bass feed heavily in the fall and they tend to key in on larger prey in preparation for the winter. Big topwater plugs, jerkbaits, crankbaits, swimbaits and jigs really come into play for those fall lunkers. If you’re looking for that smallie of a lifetime this autumn, try a larger than normal tube, big spinnerbait or mega topwater on your favorite smallmouth waters. You’ll be surprised how big a lure these northern giants will chase down in the fall.