There are many reasons to get out on the boat this season. Fishing for freshwater fish is on the top of this list in Fall! The months from September to late November are perfect for catching a plethora of species. Stunning surroundings make this hobby all the more worthwhile. Let us walk you through what to expect, and how to maximize your haul!
Early fall marks the beginning of dropping temperatures with corresponding cooler waters. There are also increasingly shorter daylight hours. This stimulates fish to move from their summer homes to their winter habitats.
Progressing further into the fall fishing season, the water cools even more. This increases oxygen levels which stimulate fish causing them to become more active.
Later into the season means fish begin to get slower. As we near winter, fish will already have gorged earlier in the season. They start to become lazy, swimming less to strike a lure. Prepare to go deeper, and think strategically.
CATCH WHAT YOU CAN
The most popular species in fall are large and small-mouth bass, walleye, northern pike, lake trout and salmon. The best tactics depend on where in the county you are and what you’d like to catch. However it can often be productive to make your way to greener pastures. Seek out deep healthy weeds near bays and tributaries in fertile lakes and rivers. Some species, such as pike, look for cover. This causes them to move away from the shorelines and into the rich vegetation and deeper waters.
However the contrary applies to largemouth bass and walleye, who tend to migrate towards shallow waters. They do this in order to keep warm, keeping close shoreline vegetation for cover. The easiest way to determine the most productive waters is to keep your eye out for baitfish. Your chances to score a catch will increase where the natural action is. Here’s some quick tips on catching some of the top fall fish this season.