On the Water

Autumn Angling

Cool weather makes for some hot fishing
By John Neporadny, Jr.
Published: September 1, 2009
Anglers of all ages can get in on some exciting bass fishing action in autumn.
Photo by John Neporadny, Jr.

The autumn spectacle of leaves turning your lake cabin’s landscape into a blend of gold, red and orange hues signals a prime time for fishing.

The shorter days and cooler nights of fall cut down on the foodmaking process for trees, which causes the leaves to reveal the bold colors hiding behind the green chlorophyll. And fall’s cooler weather causes a different reaction in the waters around your cabin, as dropping water temperatures trigger game fish to feed heavily in preparation for winter.

Fall is a wonderful time to fish since the lower temperatures provide relief from the scorching heat of summer and the autumn leaf display adds an extra touch of beauty to the lake scenery. Competition also diminishes considerably as some anglers are summer purists while others turn their attention to hunting.

The action can get fast and furious when you find your favorite game fish foraging in the fall. Here are some tips that will help you experience some of your best fishing of the year.

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