It’s Fall Fishing Time

Autumn is one of the best seasons to set sail or simply stay put on a dock for some fall fishing.  The crisp cooler air, beautiful foliage, and sunny afternoon skies make for perfectly planned or impromptu fishing trips.  Before you head out to lure in a fish or two (or even a lucky dozen!), check out the following tips for fall fishing.

Watch the Clock and Weather Apps
During the fall there is no need to be the first person on the water at sunrise.  In fact, it’s best to venture out around 11 am/12 noon to get your fall fishing day started. Mid-day fishing allows for the sun and temperatures to be at their highest, ensuring that the water is the warmest it will be all day.
Fish love to bite during 60-degree air temperature days.  However, many times, the late fall fishing days can bring highs of low to mid-40s.  Check your favorite weather app for the day’s forecast so you can plan and dress accordingly.
Baiting Options
Want a big fish? Use some big bait. Many types of fish including bass and rockfish are feasting more in the fall before the water temperature gets too cold and their metabolism slows down. Bigger fish want to find larger hearty “meals.” Stop by your local bait shop and request their larger bait options such as spinnerbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits, and jigs for the fish you wish to catch. 
Where To Cast Your Rod

Fall fishing is an easily accessible sport and hobby in the U.S. With so many great waterfront locations, there are plenty of fish in the sea to be caught. From our pride and joy the Chesapeake Bay to the Lake of the Ozarks and the California Delta, the waters are paradise to bass, catfish, rockfish, salmon, walleye, crawdads, among more.  Stay local or make a trip to enjoy fishing this autumn season.

Fishing friends, browse through these resources for fishing events and tournaments in several of our favorite regions.


National and Regional Fishing Events


Chesapeake and Atlantic Fall Fishing Events


Florida Fishing Tournaments


Florida Keys Fishing Tournaments


Louisiana Fishing Contests


Michigan Fall Fishing Tournaments


New York Free Fishing Clinics


New York Outdoor and Fishing Events


Texas Fishing Events  

Dock/Anchor and Fish 

Enjoy the beauty and solitude of the fall season with a fishing rod in hand from your anchored boat or from the dock. For those fishing trips where you may need a place to dock, visit our list of open docks this season. And, if you have an empty dock and want to share your special mooring location with other fellow fishermen/women, be a true host and list your dock with a few simple steps. Share the gift of safe dockage and great fall fishing. 

Did You Know?

Join in the fall fishing fun. Once you start, you’ll be hooked!

National Hunting and Fishing Day is on September 25. With a ten-day countdown, start building out your fall fishing plans today to join in the celebration with many national, state, regional, and local organized fishing events.