Outdoors columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Snay

Mike Snay of Dowagiac releases a largemouth bass, one of several caught by him and writer Dave Mull on Lake of the Woods near Decatur on Wednesday.

The fact that most anglers quit fishing inland lakes after Labor Day is a tremendous boon to those of us who don’t.

Fall fishing is almost magical for the things you don’t experience on Southwest Michigan’s cottage-rimmed lakes. No wakeboard boats are out there to make ocean-size swells while blaring rap or heavy metal. Gone is the ever-present whine of jet skis. Cottages are mostly vacant, with few lakefront residents around. Usually the few other boats you do see are fellow anglers.

Outdoors columnist Dave Mull lives in Kalamazoo. Write to him at dave.sportfish.mull@gmail.com.