No matter what species of fish you target at this time of the year, its advantage angler! There are several reasons that fall can be the most productive time of year to fish. Number 1, angler pressure fades as the hunting season begins and anglers replace their rods with bows and shotguns. Secondly, the shorter days and cooling temperatures cause fish to begin their fall feeding binge. Fish will aggressively feed as the water cools, in preparation of the long winter months ahead. Contrary to the rest of the year, dropping water temps and north winds in the fall actually make the fish bite better than warm, stable weather.
Finding bait at this time of the year becomes key in catching fish. Find the food, and you will find aggressively feeding fish! Knowing where to look for bait can be the challenge!
Due to their fragile nature, Gizzard Shad will seek the warmest possible water as temperatures begin to plummet. Rivers and warm water discharges become stacked with millions of tightly schooled Shad. You can guarantee that sooner or later some game fish will find this all you can eat buffet and gorge themselves!
Another productive fall tactic to catch fish in clear water is night fishing. Clear water allows Walleyes and Muskies to feed all night long as long as there is some moonlight out. Shallow water areas with deep water nearby become prime locations to find feeding fish.