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Mid-October Fishing in the Midwest

Written by Jim Ryan
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We are starting to see much cooler water temperatures and increasingly less sunlight. However, Fall is a great time to fish and is one of the best times to catch BIG fish. As their metabolism slows, they often look for bigger baits as water temps Fall (they are math geniuses, calculating calories spent versus calories to be consumed). With that in mind, big fish can often be enticed to attack larger lures compared to the warmer summer months.

It’s not uncommon in early Fall to experience “striking short” more frequently from fish. To combat this, try using artificial lures that have a trailing hook (in-line spinners, crank baits, jigs with shorter trailers). Another challenge in the Fall can be fish depth. Fish are likely to change depths more frequently and quickly as the water conditions change. Vertical jigging (minnows, spoons, soft plastics) can be an effective method in deeper waters. The wind often dies down right at (or soon after) sunset in the Fall. There is usually a thirty-minute window when topwater baits can be really effective as soon as the water gets glassy.

Fall Largemouth

White Crappie

While it may be more challenging to fish in the Midwest Fall, it can be extremely rewarding. Good luck!

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