Depending on the weather Bridgeport can be really good in November. Its just not a great cold water lake for some reason and gets a bit tougher in winter. The unseasonably warm weather the fish are just now starting to get to a early fall pattern.
I was out there the day before yesterday and water clarity was just fine. As clear as its been all summer at least. Good visibility and not muddy or even really stained. I fished the river as well as main lake. I will say I think there is a bit of turnover happening. Also the warmer water is making a lot of algae and gunk grow on the flooded bushes. HUGE amount of shad up shallow right now. Fish were kinda in a funk but I still managed a decent amount of bites. They just are not chasing a bait too far but yet they want something moving. Its on odd bite for sure. Water temps were 76-80 degrees.
As far late October into winter if you want a good chance at a smallmouth I would focus on the east side of main lake. Focus on the transition areas where the rocks change sizes. I would also look for the gravel type bottoms. A chartreuse with brown back Wiggle Wart or similar bait is deadly on the smallmouth. Also a chatreuse pepper soft plastic Texas rigged is a good bet. The color breen in the Berkley Havoc line will work great out there. They will be up shallow.
They will really get active from about 3:00PM till dark and your chances of catching them improve. Keep a weightless fluke and a topwater ready as well in case the school up.
As for largemouth and spots just about any shad pattern squarebill, Bandit 200 or a Texas rig soft plastic in green pumpkin will get you bit. Mix in a 3/8 oz white buzzbait and a topwater as well. Pitch a jig up near any wood up shallow as well. They will gravitate to any laydown etc for some reason out there. I prefer the river area best for this. The flooded bushes will hold more fish as the water cools too. Last tip is to throw a hard jerkbait on the main lake rocks as well. You can catch some good fish that way.
Like I said as of 2 days ago the water was pretty clear and no signs of muddy water or stain noted. Heck I saw some really good fish cruising up shallow but they were too spooky and not interest in eating.
A good day this time of year can net you some 30-40 fish plus days if you spend a day out there. If you go long in an area without a bite keep moving. Too many fish out there to wait to long for a bite especially right now.
Hope this helps.
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