Tips for Fall Fishing in Montana

Fall is here, and that means it’s time for some fall fishing! If you’re interested in getting a fishing boat, look no further than Gull Boats & RV! We offer a wide selection of new and used boats, along with every accessory you’ll need! Once you pick out the perfect boat, it’s time to head out on the water! For those looking for ways to improve their fishing, here are some tips and strategies to use on your next Montana fishing adventure! 

Sun’s Out, Bugs Out 

During the fall, it’s not as important to get out super early in the morning. The fall season means cooler air in the morning, thus, the fish won’t be biting until the warmer afternoons and evenings. This is because the bugs will be hatching, laying, and generally flying once the water warms up a bit in the afternoon. When the bugs start hatching, the fish start biting! We suggest waiting until around 9am or 10am and staying out until it gets dark for the best results! Get some extra rest in and prepare for a longer day on the water! 

Dress for Success

In Montana, the weather can be unpredictable during the autumn season. It’s important to be prepared for any weather conditions. Make sure to check weather reports to see how the day will be beforehand and dress accordingly. If you are traveling a long distance, you may want to pack some extra clothes that can either battle colder conditions or warmer conditions just in case the weather switches up on you. Think gloves, thermal clothing, and winter hats! Layer up!

Look to the Middle

During fall in Montana, many great fishing rivers lose a considerable amount of current. Rivers such as the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin will see their flow go down anywhere between 50% – 90% compared to the summer flow. This means there is less room for fish to swim and they will migrate more to the deeper middle sections. This is where you’ll want to cast your lines as you’ll be sure to have more luck there compared to banks. Our suggestion: target at least 2.5 – 3.5 feet of moving water!

Throw Bigger Streamers

Autumnbrings out some of the biggest fish of the season in Montana. Brown trout come out during these later months as they become more aggressive pre-spawn, moving them into more predictable, targetable areas. If you are going for these types of fish, it’s better if you use a larger streamer. This is because brown trout can eat things that are much bigger than anticipated. They can eat other trout in the 15’’ range, so if the streamer is too small, it might not be appealing to them! You may miss out on some smaller fish, but the satisfaction that comes with landing one of these big browns will be worth it! 

Target Egg Patterns and Spawning Runs

Prominent Montana fish such as whitefish, brown trout, and brook trout are all fall spawners which means tons of eggs flowing around the rivers. Fish love feeding on these eggs, so if you can find egg patterns, you’re in for a big day of fishing. You can also target spawning runs. You’re bound to see tons of fish on these spawning runs and even though it can become crowded with other fishers, there should be plenty of room for everyone! 

Stop and Take in Nature

Catching a ton of fish is great and all, but when you’re in Montana in the fall, you have to stop and just soak in some of the natural beauty. During the fall season, you may not experience better views anywhere else in the nation. From the snow capped mountains to the bright red, yellow, and orange leaves on the trees, Montana has views that pictures don’t do justice. Make sure when you are out fishing you take time to look around, because these views are simply spectacular!

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