With the fishing season winding down, temperatures in Cottage Country start to drop and the lakes become less populated. Summer vacations come to an end, kids return to school and cottagers head back to the grind in the city. Now this may sound depressing to most, but this is the perfect time for anglers to hit the water to fish for their favourite target species.
As the water temperatures cool, the lakes start to turn over, this is nature’s signal for bass, muskie and walleye to start putting on the proverbial feed bags. This means action can be hot and heavy with fish becoming more active, foraging furiously to fatten up for the cold winter months ahead.
When fish behave more aggressively you can catch them on a variety of your favourite presentations. From fast moving baits such as crank baits, spinner baits and top waters, to slower presentations such as jigs, soft plastics and live bait; they all seem to work with more consistency at this time of year.
Fall is also a time which historically yields record catches! All of the factors above are why hardcore trophy-anglers will find themselves braving these cold conditions with hopes of landing one of these monsters. So before you pack up your tackle boxes, put away your rods and winterize your boat, get out on your favorite body of water for a final fishing trip before the ice hits, and pursue your fall fish of a lifetime!
See you on the water!
Your friend in fishing, Mike Williams
Pro Angler & Owner of Williams Outfitters in Curve Lake First Nation