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Offline Nophix

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Anyone have some good fall fishing tips?
« on: November 03, 2014, 04:10:55 AM »
This is the first time since living up north I've really tried cold weather fishing. I'm going for pan and cats.

I'm learning that it's far different than my normal warm weather trips. I can't seem to catch much of anything.

Any tips or tricks for getting bites on those cold fall days?

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Re: Anyone have some good fall fishing tips?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2014, 08:57:58 AM »
Some of the best people you can talk to are the bait and tackle stores where you live or are going to fish. Usually you'll have to pack a lunch because I know they love to talk all about everything and anything related to fishing. If possible drop a little cash at their store for some of the recommended lures and stuff. They will appreciate the money spent and will be more open to you when you come back next time.

I know we have trout runs in the fall and winter in our rivers and the guys is the shops love talking about their time out in the water.

Just don't ask them for their "spot". They wont give that info up.

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Re: Anyone have some good fall fishing tips?
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2014, 11:11:12 AM »
I would, but the big box stores ran them out of business, and the guys at Walmart and Fleet Farm are about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.

It's very sad, tbh.

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Re: Anyone have some good fall fishing tips?
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2014, 12:25:23 PM »
Fish are much slower this time of year.   Most panfish (at least in my area) shut off for the most part.   Live bait would work, getting it right in front of their noses, but until the Spring temps start getting the water temps up, catching most of these kind of fish is just a fluke and an effort in patience.   Catfish probably get slower, but wouldn't change up on their eating habits.  I'd stick w/ the typical smelly baits, chicken livers etc.   I also like to take shrimp, set them out and let them get nice and stinky and put them on a circle hook for cat.   

Other types of fish may suit you better.   Trout love the cold water, you can work them in the fall.  Your typical summer patterns may not serve well, but the anything that mimics a bait fish should work.   

I see your in WI.   Maybe the state regs can clue you in on what is best for this time of year.   

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Re: Anyone have some good fall fishing tips?
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2014, 05:22:06 PM »
Most seasons run together, give or take a couple weeks. I did get a trout stamp this year, and I have yet to fish them. I think I'll give it a shot. I've never been good at trout, though, picky little buggers.

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Re: Anyone have some good fall fishing tips?
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2014, 05:49:51 PM »
Most seasons run together, give or take a couple weeks. I did get a trout stamp this year, and I have yet to fish them. I think I'll give it a shot. I've never been good at trout, though, picky little buggers.

I'm not familiar with how the seasons go because WV has done away with that for fishing.   We can fish year around for anything so long as we have the stamps for it.

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Re: Anyone have some good fall fishing tips?
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2015, 12:49:38 PM »
Believe it or not the best (creek, river) fishing i have ever done was while using a rooster tail in the fall. i have no idea why the trout love them so much as nothing in the stream at that current time resembles it. But honest howdy do the fish love it.  Best color choices i have had are green and orange, and black, white.  But as for just general information i would maybe try some live bait as well.

best of luck and happy fishing!

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Re: Anyone have some good fall fishing tips?
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I have caught a lot of trout with this one...


Joe's Fly  Royal Coachman #8.   Where I fish, they tend to strike the gold spinners more than silver.   I have better luck with spinners with a bit of peacock herl and some red coloring.