Now that fall is officially upon us it can mean only one thing. No, not the start of football, high school sports, or even hunting, the fall of the year is the best time of the year for fishing. No matter what species of freshwater fish that you fish for there is usually no better time of the year for fishing than the fall of the year. In the fall temperatures begin to cool, thus cooling off water temperatures, and warning the fish that reside in said water of the approaching winter. In the winter water temperatures plummet, and fish being cold blooded creatures, tend to feed much less often than when water temperatures are extremely cold. That’s not to say that fish don’t feed in the winter, but rather they tend to feed much less than when water temperatures are warmer.
For this reason, the fall is an excellent time of the year for attempting to catch fish. These aquatic creatures seem to “stock up” on food during the fall, before the onslaught of cold temperatures that come with winter. In this article I will outline 3 tips to remember when attempting to catch fish during the fall of the year. These fall fishing tips will make you more comfortable as well as help you catch more fish on your fall fishing excursion.
- Live Bait Is An Excellent Bait Choice – Because fish are feeding heavily during the fall the first of the fall tips that I’m going to discuss is the use of live bait. When engaging in fall fishing live bait such as live worms, minnows, hellgrammites, or even leeches are very effective bait choices. Whether you are river fishing or lake fishing, live bait is and excellent choice during the fall season.
- Be Prepared For Changing Weather – During the fall the weather can change quickly and in some cases temperatures can get quite cold. For this reason when fishing in the fall you should always have a pair of fishing gloves and a beanie with you at all times. During cool to cold weather we lose 90% of our body heat through our head, so wearing a beanie is an excellent way to “stay warm” when engaging in fall fishing. Fishing gloves are the other item that you should have in your tackle box or vest when you are on the water in the fall. I prefer fingerless fishing gloves because you still have the use of your fingers for tying knots and feeling your line when drifting bait, yet your hands will still stay warm during moderately cold temperatures. The point is that you want to be prepared for changing weather in the fall of the year.
- Know When The Moon Is In Your Favor – Try to be on the water when the moon phase is either full or new. Aquatic creatures such as these tend to feed more heavily during these two moon phases.
Keep these simple fall tips in mind during your next fall fishing trip and as I said you will not only be more comfortable, but also more successful. Fishing during the fall of the year can be as good as fishing gets, so do yourself a favor and get out there and try your luck.