A recent mix of cool nights and unseasonably warm days has created optimal conditions for fall fishing, and anglers throughout Vermont are reporting that the action is beginning to pick up for both warm and cold-water fish species.
“Summertime conditions seemed to delay the fall bite a little bit, but cooler nights in the past few weeks have started to lower water temperatures and jumpstart feeding activity,” said Chris Adams, information specialist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “I’ve personally experienced tremendous bass and pike fishing in recent days, and have heard reports that the trout bite is also heating up on both the streams and lakes.”
With the onset of fall and cooling water temperatures, many of Vermont’s fish species begin to feed heavily.
From cold water species like trout and salmon, to warm water species such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch and walleye, fish become more active as they feed to boost their energy reserves to sustain themselves during the winter.
“Fall truly is an incredible time to be on the water in Vermont, and anglers who keep their rods and tackle out a little longer are often rewarded with some of the best fishing action of the year,” said Adams. “Not only can the fishing be red-hot, but angling pressure and boat traffic also declines on Vermont waters, meaning you may have your favorite fishing spot all to yourself.”
Vermont Fish & Wildlife is reminding anglers of key upcoming season dates relating to fall fishing:
October 31: Trout & Salmon Season Closes (all waters except Lake Champlain)
November 1: Trout Catch & Release Angling Opens on Select Waters
November 30: Bass Season Closes
December 1: Bass Catch & Release Angling Opens on Select Waters