Gulf Coast Fish identification Chart

blackened redfishNo matter where you live, fall brings a burst of fishing activity – and we want to help you catch more kingfish, largemouth bass, redfish, striped bass, and tuna.

Coast to coast and everywhere in-between, fall fishing action heats up the bite on everything from kingfish to largemouth bass. Want to get in on the excitement? Of course you do! Here’s the low-down on six top fisheries that will be busting loose as the seasons change.

Gulf Coast

Redfish are the key species from Florida to Texas and everywhere in-between. How will you find ‘em? With water temperatures falling, clarity becomes better and better. That means sight fishing becomes easier and easier.bass fishing ke the classic Johnson Silver Minnow Spoon in gold, DOA shrimp, or shad-body jigs – beyond the fish you see, and retrieve the lure past them. Always aim your cast so the lure travels through the fish’s field of view, but never so it approaches the redfish from the rear; that can startle it, and send the fish darting off.

walleye fishing great lakesAnother good bet for fall reds is working the passes and inlets, especially if you’re on the hunt for big bulls. Lures will work in the passes as well as on the flats, though strong currents and moving tides can make it a bit tougher. In this case, live bait may be the best way to go. Live mullet and pinfish are both good choices, and are tough enough to survive for a while on the hook. Try fishing several lines at once, some with little or no weight and some with enough weight to take the bait to the bottom, and keep it there. Live shrimp also work well.

striper striped bass rockfishInland America

Largemouth bass are the most popular freshwater gamefish in the nation, and as lakes, ponds, and river water temperatures chill out from their summer-time highs, bass will put on the feed bag to fatten up for winter. They’ll also be easier to locate and easier to catch than they were a couple of months ago. Bass move shallower at this time of year, and casting the shoreline becomes extremely productive. Stick with relatively large lures, for two reasons: the bass will be ambitious as they try to put on weight to carry them through the winter, and the small young-of-the-year have either grown up or been eaten by now.

Another factor that has a big impact on how these fish act is fall weather patterns. In many parts of the country cold fronts will push through on a regular basis, and these fronts can trigger a fall feeding frenzy. Try to time your fishing right after the front passes by. Also, remember that fall fronts tend to carry less regular rainfall than those in the spring. As a result, you’ll often find good numbers of fish near creek mouths and streams that feed into the lake.

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Catching WHITES -2

2004-12-18 13:02:57 by WHites

Lake whitefish generally spawn in the late autumn just prior to freeze-up in shallow water (often less than 25 feet), usually over a hard or stony bottom, but sometimes over sand. Spawning can occur under the ice in some lakes, however. What does this tell you? Well, like most fish, spent adults are hungry following the spawning season. Often the best lake whitefish catches are shortly after they spawn in the month of December, just when the ice is safe to travel on. Use caution on ice and always test the conditions. Never walk on ice that is less than four inches thick and don't drive on ice that is less than 12 inches thick


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