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Outdoors - Late fall provides anglers opportunities

October 23, 2005|By Bill Anderson

Most of the outdoors activity in October and November is centered around the many hunting seasons that are opening. A small but dedicated group of anglers enjoy this situation. While most folks are concentrating on hunting, the anglers are enjoying some of the best fishing of the year.

This is the time of year when lake fishermen talk about turnover. Many veteran anglers will tell you that the period just after turnover can be extremely productive.

Turnover occurs in lakes that have more than one layer of water, with the coldest water on the bottom. Cold water, just like cold air, is heavier than warm water. This cold-water layer at the bottom of lakes is the reason that trout streams occur in the tailwaters of many lakes. The layering of the water causes turnover, where the warm waters on top cool as winter approaches, and eventually change places with what had been colder - but what is now warmer - water on the bottom.

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Most experts feel that turnover is invigorating to many of the gamefish species. Just after turnover, the fishing can really be good, with bass aggressively feeding and taking a variety of lures or baits.

Walleyes, another species that seems to feed well after turnover, also move into shallower waters, which makes them easier to catch.

River smallmouth fishermen can also enjoy some great fishing in the early fall. River smallmouth bass seem to enjoy the cooling water temperatures, and the numbers of fish and the average size per fish increase.




Bill Anderson writes a weekly outdoors column for The Herald-Mail.

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