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September 8, 2014

It’s that time of year again when the kids are back in school and 
football season has kicked off, but before you put away that fishing gear and 
break out the shotguns and duck calls set aside a few days to get in on some of 
the best fishing of the year this fall or just bring them with 

The Fall is by far my favorite time of year to fish not only do the Walleye have their feedbags on pre-pairing for winter but the scenery of all the wildlife and the changing colors can be breathe taking. Weather in the fall can be a bit like spring (Unpredictable) however, the cold fronts are not such a bad thing in the fall. As the water temperature drops, the bite can pick up and it may last all day on occasion. 

Big baits with a slower presentation have always worked best for 
me in the fall. The later into the fall it gets the bigger the bait I use and 
the slower I go. However, there are always those circumstances that this does
not fit when fishing certain areas. Such as some reservoirs hold lots of fish
off the breaks from now through winter and Slabbing (jerking heavy blade baits
vertically in deep water) is the best approach at time to get those finicky
eyes to bite, I would say slabbing is anything but slow as the more aggressive
the action the better chance you have at times.    

I love to fish the Missouri River system from central South Dakota to Northern Nebraska.  The Missouri River is one of the best Walleye Fisheries in the Midwest in my opinion. In addition, fishing a river provides you opportunity to catch a number of different species from Smallmouth Bass to Northern Pike all while just targeting Walleye.  Now your river current flows are going to play a crucial role in your presentation for fishing that particular area. Heavy current will require a heavy jig (1/2 – 3/4oz) to maintain contact with the bottom, Boat speed may have to be increased or decreased while trolling against or with current.  One thing I prefer to do in the river when trolling is to use lead core 
line. This eliminates the need for so much line out due to the current and the 
lead follows my boat track perfectly allowing me to go at a slower speed and 
still tick the bottom. 

I have been having great success at Lewis and Clark lake just a 
couple miles West of Yankton, SD so far this (early) fall with limits coming in 
on most days. The fish are quality fish averaging 18” and many up to 24” I have 
been using several methods such as bottom bouncers, Jigs, Riggin and trolling. 
Let the fish tell you what they want on any given day and then fish the most 
effective presentation until it shuts off.   

Did I say I love fishing the River system? Well just in case you missed that I do and there is no better time and place to go then Lewis and Clark lake and upward on the river system. If you are a Waterfowl hunter, make it a two-three day Cast and Blast trip like my clients from last Friday did. Chad and Erin from Hickman, NE had a great day on the water catching Walleyes followed up by a successful early Teal season hunt not only was it a great weekend but the weather was phenomenal.  
Besides the beautiful scenery of the fall and the great fishing you also 
won’t have to deal with much boat traffic as most people just as I stated in the 
beginning here have packed up their fishing gear for hunting season. I know it 
is a tough decision sometimes but you can make the best of both worlds with some proper planning.  

Our weekend trips are filling up fast but we plenty of weekdays 
available for those that can get away from the office.  
Check us out at www.thewalleyeguys.com and book your trip today.

Written by:  
Brian Bashore

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