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Secret lures and tactics for big fall walleye, trout, bass and crappies

Fall favourites

Use these new tactics to hit the water for some of the year’s best fishing

If I could only have one season to fish, I’d pick the fall. Why? For starters, the fish are big, and they’re bunched up in big numbers. It also doesn’t hurt that fewer people are fishing, so there’s rarely competition for the best spots—most days, in fact, you have them all to yourself. What’s more, most fish are feeding like crazy in the fall to bulk up for the punishing hardwater period, making them more likely to chomp on your bait.

Fall fish are big, bunched up and highly predictable. @GordPyzer explains how to find and catch the biggest fish of the year Click to Tweet

Any one of those factors spells good news for the autumn angler, but when you put them all together, you have more than enough reason not to stow away your tackle just yet. Indeed, when I’m not hunting in the fall, I’m out chasing my favourite five fall fish. Here are my top go-to presentations for walleye, black crappies, smallmouth bass, lakers and brook trout.

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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