How Fall and Winter Affect Fishing


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It is hard to make generalizations about seasonal fishing. Some areas have heavy ice in winter, while others have no ice at all.

Fishing in the Fall & Winter

During this time,  fish are slow moving, eat less and are more likely to be in deep holes — where the temperature is more stable.

This is a great time to pull out your larger lures and bait, while fishing closer to deep holes. Move your bait slowly.

Cold temperature causes a fish’s metabolism to drop and reduces his energy level and needs.

Why Do Fish Stay in Deep Pools?

Think about the fish that need fast-moving waters.  Since they need to reduce their energy needs during cold weather, they move deeper into the recesses behind submerged rocks.

They gather in deep pools, especially under bridges or under tree branches.  During cold weather, fish are less likely to come to you  — you need to use light tackle and cover more area, while moving towards them!

Ideas for Anglers in Cool and Cold Weather

The idea is to cast upstream and allow the bait to fall over the shallow water and rocks and into streams.

It’s important to get a map of any new area where you are planning to fish. Although you know fish hide in deep pools during this time, where are those deep holes?

The surprising thing is that they aren’t necessarily in the center of a body of water.  In fact, there may very well be deep pockets near the shore, so you do not need a boat to cast to them.

During winter, most fish are hiding in deep areas. But what happens when frigid ice takes over these pools? The fish must move and it’s a great time to try fishing around the margins where water is still flowing.


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Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm  Comments Off on How Fall and Winter Affect Fishing  
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