Fall can be a great time for fishing in Minnesota. Larger fishing boats and more sophisticated fishing techniques have lured more anglers out on lakes and rivers in the fall. Mild temperatures and a backdrop of fall color add to the appeal.
But changing water temperatures in the fall trigger changes in fish location and behavior, and require some changes in fishing tactics. Hiring a fishing guide can help anglers with the ins and outs particular to fall fishing, and with their familiarity with local waters, they can pinpoint the best spots to try for different kinds of fish during the autumn season. A resort or bait shop can usually recommend good local fishing guides.
- Fall is Trophy Time - You can catch the most and biggest fish in the fall
- As the water cools and weeds thin in fall, fish instinctively begin to school heavily and drop deeper.
- Fish also tend to school by size, meaning that when you get into the big boys, there are usually more of them around available for you to catch.
- For largemouth bass and pike, I like to target the outer fringes of deep green weeds rimming the main lake
- Musky - use bigger lures at this time of year to appeal to their natural urges to feed heavily before winter sets in.
- Walleyes school along deep drop-offs into the main-lake basin, and there's no better way to catch them that live bait rigging with big chubs, or vertically jigging a heavy jig and minnow in 25 to 35 feet of water, sometimes deeper.