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By autumn, some lakes have developed mats of filamentous algae on the lake floor. This tapestry provides cover for crayfish, sculpins, and darters who can move around undetected . . . they think.

During this time, bass (both largemouth and smallmouth) will form large schools, roaming the lake floor looking for the smallest movement that would give away the location of their prey. These “wolf packs,” or pods of bass that hunt together and are always on the move, will patrol the same areas on a daily basis, almost like a milk run. It’s believed by tournament bass fishermen that September is a key time when wolf packs form.

In this HD underwater video from Engbretson Underwater Photography, you’ll see how wolf-packs hunt.