It’s not uncommon in early Fall to experience “striking short” more frequently from fish. To combat this, try using artificial lures that have a trailing hook (in-line spinners, crank baits, jigs with shorter trailers). Another challenge in the Fall can be fish depth. Fish are likely to change depths more frequently and quickly as the water conditions change. Vertical jigging (minnows, spoons, soft plastics) can be an effective method in deeper waters. The wind often dies down right at (or soon after) sunset in the Fall. There is usually a thirty-minute window when topwater baits can be really effective as soon as the water gets glassy.
While it may be more challenging to fish in the Midwest Fall, it can be extremely rewarding. Good luck!