Here are eight of the best possible reasons to find yourself doing some fall fishing this year.
From the Pacific Northwest to the waters of Montauk, these are the eight reasons why you need to take a step away from the hunting gear for just one more minute.
The fall fishing runs we have here in North America are some of the best in the world and some are second to none.
Step back for a moment and remember why we can never have enough fishing gear and why this time of the year can provide one of the best fishing experiences we can have.
Check out the top eight reasons to fish in the fall.
1. Pacific Northwest Steelhead
The reason why we have them in the Great Lakes is because this region was ready, willing, and able to share.
Grab your fly fishing gear and hang on for your life because these silver-rockets will pull your arm out of the socket. These are some of the best fighting fish you will ever catch.
2. Salmon River New York Salmon
The Mecca of fall fly fishing for big- no, huge- lake run Chinook salmon. You need to check out a good guide and experience shore or float fishing for these brutes.
Start in Pulaski, New York the home of the fighting king salmon.
3. Oak Orchard New York Brown Trout
Lake run salmon aren’t the only thing that swims upstream out of Lake Ontario to spawn in the fall.
These fish are stocked and they get really big so maybe you shouldn’t go wading in the water where they might be swimming… yeah, somehow I didn’t think that would stop you.
4. Montauk Striped Bass
So you want to walk right up to the beach, fish off shore, and have the possibility of landing a fish that might make 50 pounds or more?
Well, Montauk is the place for you, shore or boat. The fall migration of these hogs will make you cast for hours until your arm hurts… from catching stripers like this one.
5. Minnesota Northern Pike
The land of 10,000 lakes awaits the fall pike fisherman. When the water begins to cool, the northern pike heat up.
With so many lakes to choose from you’ll need a good guide to narrow it all down for you. Once the action starts, you can throw your car keys at these critters because they’ll try to eat them.
6. Ontario, Canada Smallmouth
The shield lakes have turned by now and once you start to see predatory fish “boiling” on the top after bait, you know it’s on.
Smallies love to feed at this time of the year, and feed big. Move around flats and look for obvious rocky areas where crawfish have been hiding all summer.
7. Yellowstone Rainbow Trout
Places like the Madison River, where the fall brown trout migration is on, are overlooked as a rainbow destination. These are some of the most beautiful fish you can catch.
Avid and traditional fly fishermen know full well that these fish mean you can listen to an elk bugle and drop a dry fly on the surface at the same time. Don’t forget the camera!
8. St. Lawrence River Muskellunge
Think trolling with lures the size of your foot, because a 20-inch smallmouth is just a cigar to these ferocious predators.
St. Lawrence River muskies are one of the most sought-after trophies in all of freshwater fishing and fall is the time of year to seek them out.
With excellent guide services aplenty, you can’t go wrong and you may just boat one like this:
Fall fishing will never replace our hunt and we wouldn’t want it that way. This is just one of the many opportunities for outdoorsmen and women to get outside and renew our outdoor lives.
If you plan properly, and take the time to get the most out of your information, the fall fishing runs can be hit and hit hard without taking away from your yearlong wait to hunt.
As always, good, knowledgeable guide services are the best bet for the money– and since you’re already sitting in front of a keyboard, why not Google a couple?