Labor Day has passed, school has started, and football season is under way. For those reasons, and others too, lots of folks think that fishing season is over for another year. It’s not, however, and, in fact, there are lots of great reasons to keep fishing. Here are just a few.

The fish bite

Fish of just about every species go on regular feeding binges during the fall as they start to feed aggressively in anticipation of the coming cold water months and to start preparing for next spring’s spawn.  The “need to feed” along with the fact that at least some of the summer’s plentiful bait supply has been consumed often mean fish that are not that hard to catch.

Regardless of whether you like to catch walleye, bass or another species, the odds are pretty good that you can find a lake with a good bite for your favorite fish species. For this angler, in fact, I sometimes struggle trying to decide what species to chase in the fall because of the many possibilities for finding good bites.

Great weather

Summer’s heat and humidity can make for unpleasant fishing conditions. A nice fall day, however, offers some of the most enjoyable and pleasant fishing conditions one can ask for. Sweatshirts in the morning often give way to T-shirts in the afternoon meaning no sweating, but no shivering either.

In addition to pleasant weather, the inside of a boat is a great place to enjoy the changing of the seasons and the accompanying beautiful fall colors as the leaves change.

Mild temperatures and a chance to enjoy the majestic fall colors almost make biting fish a bonus to this fall angler.


Summer seems to be such a busy time on the lakes, and for life in general. Fall, on the other hand, offers a change in pace as things on the lake start to slow up. The best fishing spots that might have a dozen or more boats on them during summer, now may only have a boat or two. Plus, the water skiers, jet skis, and other boat traffic is mostly gone for the year. The lake is, in fact, a great place to go to when I want to “get away from it all” during fall.

Oh, and by the way, did I mention the fish bite good in the fall?

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Labor Day and the start of fall doesn’t mean the fishing season is over. In fact, if you want a chance to enjoy great weather, view the majestic fall colors, and have the lake mostly to yourself, then fall fishing should be part of your coming plans. And, by the way, the fish usually bite pretty good too.

Enjoy your time on the water this fall, and remember to include a youngster in your next outdoors adventure.

Mike Frisch is a western Minnesota fishing guide and co-host of the popular Fishing the Midwest TV series. Visit or follow Fishing the Midwest on Facebook for more “fishy” stuff.

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