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A Golden Pre-Fall Prognostication.


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A Golden Pre-Fall Prognostication.

Hoo-Ya...Get'n Kinda Cool out Eh...but the good deal is... the fish'n is heating up just as fast as it is cooling off here on the Red River of the North.

Ya know, I dream about falls like this one is shaping up to be. If the trend continues...Ohh-Wee...this could be a fall to remember. Early cooling temps and a L-O-N-G cool Fall weather pattern to stimulate them hungry fish...Yup ya got's-ta love it... these conditions often spells out the fishing years to remember.

Yup..it is kinda early to say that an extended cooling is indeed the deal, yet looking back at the season in a nutshell, I would bet a cool fall will be the deal in 2004.

Why do I drool when I see this early cooling pattern setting up? Well fish on average put on their greatest weight gains in the fall. They do this by feeding big, feeding well, and feeding often. If they be a feeding, then they be a better then average target to shoot for. A get-um while the Get'n is Good type scenario.

If the forage base is good, and it is this season, then they will quickly target it and chow down heavy. This continues tell the ice sets in for the winter, then after a brief slowing of action at early ice they tend to go right back on the chow wagon. Fall and early winter often produces the best trophy fishing of the season for species such as walleye, catfish and muskie. So in my book what is not to like about a early fall.

Sure...some folks are whining about the early cool temps...Baa....not me. I say Bring-er-on...I got wool socks, Gore Tex, and good boots...I'll be just fine.

Some falls are more Golden then others, this may be a Golden Season in the making. I have a hunch I will be smiling wide at the rivers side, be it by day or be it by night this 2004 fall season.

Good Fish'n and keep dem feet dry.

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Gets me fired up as well. My favorite time to fish is in the fall. The longer the season, the better. Let's hope this weather pattern hangs on for the next several months.

MJ

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I love it too. It's great to see your breath in the air on an August morning! Strange summer, but hopefully we'll make up for it with a nice long and glorious fall.

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Bite your tongue, Fisky!!! Thems swear words in my world. Although I really enjoy ice fishing, God put me on this earth to experience the fall. I wish it lasted three months longer.

That being said, are we gonna fish together on some hardwater this winter? Not sure how much I'll get to ice fish this year with a new addition to the family coming in Nov, but I'm sure I'll bet up to your neck of the woods a time or two.
Enjoy the fall!

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  • 2 weeks later...

You betcha Scoot we will have to get together for that early ice Walleye bite this year. Walk out from Morris Point Lodge about dec 3 maybe? Fall season soon upon us, with all its fun angling choices eh! So many fish and so little time!

Regards....Fisky

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Rapidly falling water is never a good deal, stalls the bite tell they feel safe again.

They tend to shift locations and time of day feeding preferences as the temps drop. The night bite in the shallows is often the best thing going.

I agree, too many up's and downs like we have seen this past week mucks things up pretty bad. Hard to keep up with the ever changing patterns.

I have been on a fairly consistent cat/walleye bite on the tribs. Early and late at night has been the best deal for me, and mostly from shore.

Break out them kitty jigs Scoot. wink.gif

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Well over here it is just the opposite.. the fishing has shut down pretty darn bad... Evenings you can maybe get into some fish but for the most part you really have to work for them now with the low temps, low water and high water and then back to low water.. the poor fish dont know what to do... I was hoping the last rush of water last week would have turned them on but it did only for a day then back to no eaters..????sigh sigh..

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