I love fishing in the fall. It is amazing how a crisp autumn day can make you feel more alive. The right amount of chill in the air livens the senses; somehow the air is clearer, lighter, easier to breathe. The colors on the trees and on the leaves floating in the water look sharper to the eye. In the early morn the disparity between the night that calls for the chill of fall and the earth that holds on the last of summer’s warmth calls forth a mist that rolls over the lake and envelops it. It’s almost a sin to disrupt the mirror-still water that will soon reflect the red and yellow splattered hills back to the skies; but hey, there is only one way to catch fish, and that’s by casting into the calm.
Fall Fishing in CT’s lakes can be very exciting… Honestly there is a place to go no matter what you are after and as long as you’ve got the right lure/ hook/ bait (half the battle is finding out what appeals) at the end of your line, you are sure to have a great day out on the water.
As the summer comes to an end Largemouth Bass fishing is still in full effect. Candlewood Lake, with 5,000 acres of fishing real estate, countless drop offs, rocky jetties, and weed beds, is full of Largemouth Bass action. Regular reports of 5 to 6 lb bass are not uncommon and bigger fish are caught! There are plenty of fish to keep us and the number of Bass Tournament hopefuls busy all year round. Plastic worms are a sure bet, If they are not biting, just switch up the color/presentation on the hook. Once you dial in on what they are after, you’ll be plenty busy.
Not to be outdone, here or at the end of a fishing line, a day of smallmouth bass fishing is a great day indeed. These fish, which have been hiding in the deep all summer, are venturing out and hungry! Smallie fishing is decent year-round on Lake Zoar and Lake Lillinonah, but as the fall approaches these fish are easier to find, put up a great fight, and are lots of fun to land. Candlewood also has its fair share of 3 and 4lb fish. Keep it simple; a swimming grub on a jig is irresistible to smallmouth bass. Be sure to fish the rocks!
Now if you want to catch a walleye, you go to Squantz pond, the place is full of them (although the state record was a 14 pounder caught on Candlewood Lake). If you want to catch trout you’ve come to the right place, but since trout fishing is a subject dear to my heart and deserving of a full entry unto its own, we’ll leave it for now and move on to bigger fish.
Now as far as I am concerned the best fall fishing is going after a northern pike. Northern pike come to life in a unique way in the fall. As soon as the weather turns and the first nights of 50 and 60 degree weather are upon us, I recommend two things: Switch out your line to the heaviest gauge that your reel can handle and get out on the water. I must warn you, northern pike are big and they have sharp teeth. Oversized spoons and long floating crank baits work well. Few things compare to the excitement brought on by the flash (as if of lightning) of a monster pike as it strikes your lure and makes a mad dash. Now I can’t divulge my favorite pike fishing spot, but I will tell you that the state record was a 29-pound monster caught on Lake Lillinonah.
Ok the cup of coffee is empty; I’m grabbing my fishing gear and heading out for a couple of hours. Just remember, the bigger the lure, the bigger the fish!