The Last-Season Push for Largemouth

August 23, 2023 NEBRASKAland Magazine


Angler Ryan Glatter fishing in August.

Photo by Jeff Kurrus

By Jeff Kurrus

Angler Ryan Glatter coaches high school softball in Omaha. In Nebraska, softball season happens to be played during the fall, which doesn’t necessarily align with one of his favorite times of the year to fish. So, when he has a morning here, or a few afternoon hours there, he has to maximize time. The following are several ways Glatter fits in fishing during the dogs days of August afternoons to the cool mornings of late September.


There is a fine line as relates to precipitation in Nebraska. If it rains too much, waterbodies with runoff become turbid, making fishing for sight-fishing species like largemouth bass difficult. “But,” said Glatter, “fishing gets hard when it doesn’t rain. Rain adds oxygen to the water and can also cool it.” These added benefits increase fish activity during these dog days, so pay attention to the weather forecast.

Top of the Strike Zone

“When there is open water,” said Glatter, “we always have a topwater lure tied on.” As soon as the first cool evening hits Nebraska in the late summer, some anglers think their shallow-water fishing is over. They’ll move deep and slower, thinking this presentation is a necessity as the water cools.

“Fall anglers put the buzzbait away too soon,” said Glatter, “just like early spring anglers often wait too long to start fishing on top. We catch a lot of fish early on a mouse each year.”

Think about it like this: Right before ice out in the winter, anglers often relay stories of catching fish in extremely shallow water — less than 2 feet in many circumstances. If fish are feeding just below the surface when the water temperature is just above freezing, then why wouldn’t they hit on top long before the first fall frost of the year?

Bush League

When the water lowers in the summer, Glatter searches for brushpiles, where he repeatedly finds bass in the summer. Then, if Nebraska gets late summer or early autumn rains, he returns and fishes these brushpiles once they’re covered up. “This time of year, we’ll move to the secondary pieces of cover, including brushpiles and even weed beds, and there are always big fish nearby.”

Starting Lineup

Lure choice for Glatter is a combination of repetition and common sense. “I’m going to fish a chatterbait when I’m on the water because I’ve had a lot of success with it, but I’m also paying attention to the baitfish I see.”

While cliché, matching the hatch is correct, as Glatter detailed. Yet he’s not opposed to fishing brighter colors as well. “As the year goes on, I’ll also add more vibration to my lure choices.”

He’s also paying attention to the frog bite. By late July, ping pong ball-sized bullfrog tadpoles are morphing into bullfrogs, adding a different looking menu item for largemouths well into the fall.


Glatter is very adamant about his fishing techniques throughout the year. “I’m a shallow water guy,” he said. “Less than 6 feet in open water. But because I’m a coach, I’m used to listening and stealing everything I can from those around me. If it’s working for someone else, I’ll try it.”

From reading Twitter posts to watching online videos, Glatter is looking for any edge he can find, which is exactly what someone with a very hectic schedule would do when allowed just a little time on the water.

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