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4 Secrets for Locating Late-fall Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike, Muskies and Yellow Perch

Gord Pyzer

Finding Fall's Fish

When Lake Temperatures Change In the Late Season, the Fish Scatter and Get Tougher to Catch—Unless You Know Where to Look, and Why

Imagine you’re a kid and your parents own a two-storey chocolate factory. During summer, you’re only allowed to play on the top floor, where some of the goodies are stored. But the door to the ground floor, where many of the finest treats are kept, is locked. Then in September, something wonderful happens: the bottom door is flung open and you’re allowed to roam throughout the building, stuffing your face with candy. It would be heaven. Well, that’s similar to what sportfish such as bass, black crappies, lake trout, muskies, northern pike, yellow perch and walleye experience in the fall. Just like the chocolate factory, when autumn rolls around, the entire lake becomes their playground—and their buffet.

With the fish so scattered, however, this change often makes locating them downright difficult for anglers. But that doesn’t have to be the case. To figure out how to find the fish, and how to change your fishing strategies accordingly, you need to understand the science of lakes.

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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