One of the most synonymous baits with fall fishing, the spinnerbait has been a regular on the deck of most anglers for decades. A 1/2- or 3/8-ounce double willow leaf or Colorado/willow combo is one of the most effective baits for fall fishing in existence.
Downsizing this choice to a 1/4-ounce size in one of these blade combinations can get you even more bites, especially when there’s an abundance of bait present.
Though this whole piece isn’t targeted solely at shad imitators, the 1/4-ounce spinnerbait does such a great job matching the hatch for the fall. It better mimics the smaller shad that are usually present this time of year and gives you a bait to which you can add erratic action by pumping, pausing and letting it flutter as it makes its way through a school of baitfish. When there’s an abundance of shad, this little bait does a great job standing out in the crowd by looking like an injured baitfish, while still blending in perfectly with the appearance of the bait around it.