Fall is by far one of the best times to fish any smallmouth lake. This is a great time to catch your limit of big fish. Smallies like to stock up ahead for winter, a time when they are not as likely to get a belly full of shad or whatever baitfish is available in that lake. So, the key is to locate baitfish. That’s where you will find the smallies. Your focus in the fall will not be much different than in the spring.