Over the past twenty five years spent fishing for trout, I have learned that there is no better time of the year for catching trout than the fall. Fall trout fishing has always been my most productive time of year for catching these beautiful fish. This is true not only in numbers of trout caught, but also the size of the trout that are caught. Not only does the fall of the year produce more trout, it also seems to produce more large trout as well.
In this article I will outline two ways that you can catch more trout this fall trout fishing season. Both of these methods of catching trout are for the traditional spin fisherman or woman. I have never engaged in the act of “fly fishing” in the traditional sense, so therefore have no tips that relate to this manner of fishing. These methods of catching trout are also effective at other times of the year and are worth adding to your trout fishing repertoire no matter what the season is, but these tactics seem to be especially effective during the fall.
- Live worms and river fishing – Using live worms while fishing for trout in river fishing scenarios is very effective during the fall of the year. I like to fish in rivers and streams that can be waded and fished thoroughly and the tactic of using live worms as bait in this type of trout fishing scenario is very effective during the fall of the year. The key is to drift your bait naturally with the current of the river or stream that you are fishing, allowing the worm to bounce along the bottom as it flows. The best way to rig live worms for fishing in this manner is a set of gang hooks. Gang hooks allow for the completely natural presentation of a live worm, which the trout find irresistible.
- Casting A “Bubble & Fly” – Although I don’t “fly fish” in the traditional sense as I said, I do fish with artificial flies by employing something called a “fly bubble”. A fly bubble (sometimes called a casting bubble) is a great way for traditional spin fisherman to use artificial flies as bait when trout fishing. The bubble, which is similar to a bobber but clear, is filled with water for weight, which enables lightweight flies to be cast and retrieved effectively. A “bubble & fly” rig is an excellent technique when fishing for trout in a lake during the fall.
The bottom line is that fishing for trout during the fall can be as good as trout fishing gets. The weather is nice, the rivers and lakes are much less congested than at other times of the year, and trout are as hungry as they are as any time of the year. Take some time this fall to get out there for yourself and find out just how exceptional fall trout fishing can be.