The transition from summer to autumn brings cooler weather and the most beautiful months of the year on the water. Now is the time to visit one of the best fall fishing spots in the country. Choose from eight ideal destinations where you can swap a line while capturing a range of fall colors.
1. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.
With autumn leaves peaking around the 3rd or 4th week of October, Lake the Ozarks is one of the best places to fish as the largemouth bass hunts for shade in the back of the streams and bays.
2. Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.
When water temperatures drop, one often sees striped basses rise in a great fall feeding frenzy. Good fishing spots can be found from the north bay to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel. Live bunker is one of the best striped bass baits this time of year.
3. Paint River, Michigan.
Michigan’s upper peninsula not only boasts some of the best fall colors in the Midwest, but blue ribbon trout water as well. The Paint River in the Ottawa National Forest is one of the fall hotspots for brown trout and brown trout.
4. Green River, Utah.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hunt some brown trout on the Green River Tailwater below the Flaming Gorge Dam this fall. Then, take the family on a scenic drive through the Ashley National Forest to see the colorful foliage. As with any other fishing trip, be sure to check state regulations and obtain your fishing license before setting out.
5. Menominee River, Wisconsin
Use topwater poppers or soft plastic jerkbaits for some fun on the Menominee River. You can access boat docks in the Menominee River State Recreation Area (use either the concrete ramp at Saler Landing on Rattie Road or the Pemene gravel boat on Horseshoe Road).
6. Devils Lake, North Dakota.
If you’re interested in good pikeperch fishing spots this fall, Devils Lake is often cited as one of the best. Make sure to visit Grahams Island State Park to take in the views of the lake, which will be beautiful this time of year.
7. Glacier Creek, Colorado.
Located on Bear Lake Road, this creek is the perfect fall fishing spot for cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout. Plus, you don’t even need waders to fully enjoy the route along the road.
8. Black Hawk Lake, Iowa.
Are you looking to find good places to fish for bluegill and crappie in Iowa this fall? Jig around docks or structures on Black Hawk Lake to take advantage of the fall bite.
With this list of the best fall fishing spots across the country, you can plan your next outdoor adventure with your family while enjoying all of the fall colors.