With a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Sciences (2009), began tracking tropical storms in 2002 and is now a private forecaster.
By: Weather456, 11:17 AM GMT on October 24, 2007
Of all the seasons of the year, for me, January and February can be the most depression winter months. Longer nights and cooler weather and lack of mother nature's brilliance can have psychological effects on people and I am one of those people. Question: Which is the most depressing season of the year in your Opinion and why?
By: Weather456, 12:22 AM GMT on October 17, 2007
Catching fish in the fall requires leaving your summer spots behind and following the fish.
On reservoirs, decreasing water temperatures will draw fish into the shallows to prey on young-of-the-year bait. Bass, in particular, migrate along contour lines and structure.
Count on them to move from the main channel to shallower channels or from feeder channels back up into the coves. Look for concentrations of shad or other baitfish around structure or toss lipless crankbaits to find schools of bass.
Walleyes often will move onto weed flats or shallow rock piles in search of baitfish and immature crayfish, so target them there. Try using jigs tipped with a small leech, nightcrawler or a minnow.
On rivers and streams, tube baits, jigs, small Rapalas and spinners in various sizes all work well. Live bait also can be productive when the action seems to a bit slow.
Fish some of the same riffles and shallow areas you did in the spring.
Fall Fishing Extravanganza!
Danny Costanios, of Anchorage, poses with a deep-bellied rainbow taken in the Fall of 2004 on the Kenai River. The fish was taken on a typical flesh fly as illustrated by the one Dan has on his vest.
Rich Kacsuta of Loyalhanna Fishing Post in Ligonier said he survives the fall only by catering to anglers who leave home to fish Erie for steelhead.
The shame of all it is that fishermen are missing out on some of the best close-to-home action of the year by packing away their rods, said Jerry O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Sports Supplies in Portersville.
"Let me tell you, fall's a good time to fish, buddy," said O'Donnell, who loses about 80 percent of his angling customers once the hunting and steelhead seasons start. "They're fattening up for the winter. The fish are eating everything they can get hold of. That's why it's so good now."
Indeed, fishermen using large artificials, like big Rapala shad raps, in the evening hours on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers seem to catch a lot of impressive walleyes in the autumn, said Lee Murray of Lock 3 Bait and Tackle in Cheswick.
"This is the time to get the big ones," Murray said. "It seems like now through mid-November is probably prime time for big walleyes.
"There are not a whole lot of guys out fishing at this time of year, but those who are generally get rewarded."
Fall also is the time to catch the big crappies that haven't been seen since spring, O'Donnell said. They'll move into the shallows and hang out in brush piles just before a front comes through, he said. They retreat to deeper water when the weather turns, then come shallow again when it gets better.
"You've just got to fish slow over the brush piles," O'Donnell said. "You've got to do a lot of vertical jigging. You'll lose a lot of gear sometimes because you've got to get right down in the brush, but the crappies aren't hard to catch if you can find them."
Trout fishing also can be good in the fall. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks a number of streams and lakes in October, and those fish often will bite like they haven't since April and May.
"Once the weather cools, the fishing can get a lot better," said Marita Bernhardy of Shooter's Place in Bridgewater. "A lot of guys just don't like to go out in the cold, though."
My next post will be about the best fishing spots in North America.
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