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West Virginia Wildlife
Fall Fishing
Patrick McMurtry When The Temperature Drops, The Fishing Heats Up

October 2, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


The air is a little cooler, not so much rain and bow season has opened, how about a little fishing?

Believe it or not, the fall is a great time to get out and catch some fish. Mark Scott, a biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, explains how fishing picks up when the leaves start to drop.

"Fishing in the fall is good for a couple of reasons," Scott said. "First, it's cool and is a nice comfortable day to fish. Water levels are usually low. As the water cools off, fish tend to start biting more. You have a better chance of catching a bigger fish in the fall and in a couple weeks, the leaves will be turning."

Great fishing when the mountains of West Virginia are as beautiful as they will ever be - that is a fantastic combination. We're just starting October, and Scott said you have about another month of prime fall fishing.

"September until the end of October is what I consider fall. You start getting into November, and it's getting cool, you catch bigger fish, but not as many." Scott said.

So, if you want to really haul in a bunch of small mouth, hit the rivers now, but make sure you adjust your bait.

"In the fall, the water's really clear, especially when it's low, so you need to use lighter bait, smaller stuff, anything to give you an advantage. Today, they're hitting on bugs on top and not what we're throwing. There are bugs all over the place." Scott said.

In other words, it's fishing. They will bite what they want, just have plenty of different things to throw out there and you are bound to find something they will. And don't forget your life jacket if you are getting on a boat.

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