Autumn is an amazing season for fishing in Saskatchewan, particularly in the pristine waters of Reindeer Lake. The lake is home to various types of fish, such as Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout, and Arctic Grayling. As the seasons change, different behaviours and patterns of fish emerge, and adapting your tactics can make a significant difference in your fishing success.
If you’re planning an adventure at Lawrence Bay Lodge this fall, here are some useful fall fishing tips to help you make the most of your experience!
Target Sun-Warmed Areas
During the colder months, as the water temperature drops, many fish species, such as Lake Trout, tend to migrate from deeper waters to warmer, shallower areas. They usually look for spots exposed to the sun, such as shallow coves, flats or weed beds that have not yet died off. These locations typically have dark-coloured bottoms that are capable of absorbing UV rays.
Slow Down Your Presentation
Fish metabolism slows down as the water gets colder, and they may not be as aggressive in pursuing bait. Slow down your retrieve and use slower-moving baits to entice the bites.
Use Brighter Lures
With the days getting shorter and the water possibly murkier due to fall turnovers, using brighter lures can make a difference. Bright colours like orange, yellow, and chartreuse can attract fish from a distance.
Fish Near Structures
Fish tend to seek shelter near structures such as rocks, logs, and weed beds. You should target these areas as fish may be hiding there to ambush their prey.
Adapt to the Fish’s Diet
Fish often feed on different forage in the fall than in the summer. Pay attention to what the fish are eating and try to match your bait to their current diet.
Fall weather can be unpredictable, and temperatures can drop quickly. Dress in layers and bring warm clothing, gloves, and a hat to stay comfortable while on the water.
Follow the Birds
Birds diving into the water can be a good indicator of where the fish are feeding. Keep an eye out for birds and follow them to find active feeding areas.
Fish may be less active in the fall, and locating them may take a bit more time and effort. Be patient, and don’t be afraid to change tactics if something isn’t working.
At Lawrence Bay Lodge, we have been using a modified catch and release program for over 30 years, returning all the large trophy-sized fish to ensure they will be here for you to catch on your next fishing trip. Whether you are a seasoned angler or newer to fishing, Reindeer Lake in Saskatchewan is the perfect place to hone your skills.