By the time Labor Day arrives, many fishermen are hanging up their rods. As the leaves start to change and the water begins to cool, we need to recognize the dinner bell is being rung once again.
Fish feed heavy only a few times a year. If I were to advise a client of mine as to when the best opportunity was to catch large numbers of fish, I would certainly say in the early to mid fall. I wrote last year around this time that I was kind of new to fall fishing myself. Being an avid hunter, I tend to be in the woods or on the water hunting more often than fishing this time of year. Boy was I missing out! What I found after a goose hunt turned fishing trip, will now have me on the water more often after Labor Day.
It's no surprise that land animals feed heavily in preparation for the harsh winter months to come. We see them scurrying around and filling their faces at a feverish pitch. Their attempt to pack on the pounds is imperative to their survival. This is no different for fish being that we can't see what's going on under water all the time. It's hard to visualize what fish are doing, and I can assure you they are doing the same as land animals. Fish, like deer, will begin to regroup as the temperature starts to plummet. Some may see this as a strength-in-numbers situation. In reality, it's food causing the animals to group up more than their need to associate. When deer find a good source of food, they will congregate in the area. Fish do the same thing, only when the supply dwindles they move on. Both species tolerate the presence of others rather than seek out companionship.