As anyone who spends time fishing for trout will undoubtedly tell you, there is no better time of the year to head out to your local trout river and fish for trout than the fall of the year. The fall is not only the most productive time of the year to fish for trout, it also offers much less crowded waterways coupled with some of the best scenery that you will experience at any time of the year. I have been enjoying the productivity that the fall offers for trout fishing for more than two decades and in that time have learned some tips and tricks that have helped me catch many trophy-sized trout in that time.
In this article I will outline some fall trout fishing secrets that will help you catch more trout this fall. Add these “secrets” to your trout fishing arsenal sooner rather than later and you to can begin catching more trout that approach or exceed the twenty inch mark (the size trout that I have always considered to be a trophy).
- Concentrate on Warmth – The warmer times of the day, afternoon to late afternoon, are usually more productive times of the day that the much cooler mornings. In the fall the weather begins to cool off, thus dropping the water temperatures in the rivers. On crisp fall days as the air temperatures rise, trout tend to become much more active and thus susceptible to being caught. The first secret to fall trout fishing is to concentrate your fishing efforts during the warmer parts of the day.
- Live Worms Are Very Effective – I realize that this secret will make fly fishermen cringe, but the truth is that live worms are a very effective bait to use during the fall trout fishing season. Rig a live worm (or a half of a live night crawler) in an outstretched and natural manner and “drift fish” that worm through the current of your favorite trout river and you have a recipe for a very productive day on the water.
- The Trout Aren’t Feeling “Pressure” – The final secret of fall trout fishing is that the rivers are much less crowded than they are at other times of the year, and thus the trout are much less “pressured” by anglers. This means that the fishing will be better, simply because most people turn their attention to other activities during the fall and put fishing on the “back burner”. When the trout aren’t feeling as much fishing pressure they tend to be easier to catch, which is another of the trout fishing secrets that many anglers overlook when it come to fishing during September, October, and November.
The bottom line is that the fall of the year is unsurpassed when it comes to fishing for rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout and the aforementioned secrets will undoubtedly help you to experience more success when fishing for trout this fall.