The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
Autumn is one of the best times of the year to go fishing, but there are some tips and tricks that you should consider and take advantage of so that you can make the most out of your autumn fishing trip.
Where Did The Fish Go?
In particular, keep in mind that fish tend to congregate in different areas in the fall than they did earlier in the year. The main reason for this is because they are generally hungrier during this time of the year as they prepare for less food being available to them in the winter months.
As a result, they will likely be seeking different areas to gather in order to satiate those appetites. Of course, as someone fishing, this is a significant plus for doing so in the fall as the fish that you catch will generally be larger than are found at other times of the year.
Also note that fish usually move towards shallower waters when their living conditions – the water that they had been swimming in – start to cool. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule.
If you have been fishing throughout the summer, particularly if you also did so in the spring, consider replacing your line. Not only should this be done simply due to likely wear and tear but also because the weights of your catches in the fall will tend to be heavier, making it even more important to have a quality line at that time of the year.
Regardless of those considerations, most recommend that regular fishers replace their line every three or four months.
Be flexible with your planning. For example, since autumn is not as predictable weather-wise, you should expect those changing conditions to prompt fish to behave differently and be prepared to adjust to that. Also consider changing any plans that you made at the last minute as a result of new information.
Make sure to follow all relevant laws. Some of the most important ones to keep in mind are related to fishing seasons. For example, those in Maine wanting to take advantage of lake trout season should note that it ends in September, at the beginning of fall. Also make sure to have a relevant fishing license, which is usually required even if you have no intention of keeping the fish that you catch.
It is important to take the time to research various elements of your fall fishing trip.
Look for recent fishing reviews or ones that were submitted at around the same time in past years, and browse message boards for anything that may be relevant to your autumn fishing trips. Also ask around, whether to friends or to fishing shops in the areas that you are considering fishing.
If you will be traveling outside of your local area, get up to speed on what the climate is like there as well as the specific forecast for your trip. Also consider its geography, and research specific types of fish that are local to that area and how they act, both in general and specifically in the fall.
One of the most important tips is to keep in mind how beneficial autumn fishing trips are and how much you can benefit from not stopping once Labor Day hits.
Perhaps the most important general benefit is that fishing gives you a workout, especially compared to sitting at home. It is also a mental workout to calculate all of the factors necessary to gain the most fulfilling experience, both in the leadup to it as well as while you are making adjustments on the fly.
Being in the sun, assuming that you use an appropriate amount of sunblock, is healthy as well, providing your body with much needed Vitamin D. This is even more important in the fall than it was in the summer as Vitamin D is more difficult to get from the sun as the year transitions from summer to winter.
Fishing has also been found to reduce stress, partially because you are near or perhaps even in water.