Fall is a perfect time to fish

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says fall is an excellent time to go fishing. As many game fish prepare for winter by vigorously feeding, they can be easier to catch.

“Many species in lakes and streams are more mobile and are using different habitats this time of year,” said Christopher Kennedy, MDC’s fisheries division supervisor for the southeast region. “Because of this, anglers can have an easier time locating their species of choice.”

Fall is also typically a comfortable season for people, too, with pleasant temperatures and colorful views. Kennedy said in southeast Missouri, anglers have only one problem – too many places to fish and not enough time to try them all.

“Trout, catfish, bass, crappie, and bluegill all are fair game right now,” he said.

November first brings trout fishing to municipal lakes in Jackson, Farmington, and Perryville.  Fishing for catfish, whether blue, channel, or flathead, can be very productive in larger southeast Missouri waters such as Wappapello and Clearwater lakes or the Mississippi River.  Those seeking smallmouth or largemouth bass can find plenty of action wading, canoeing or kayaking small streams throughout the region. 

“Some of the best fishing that exists is, in many cases, right out our back door,” Kennedy said. “Often overlooked, private ponds are typically under-fished and offer fast and exciting action.”

Kennedy cautions anglers to ask permission from landowners before fishing at a private pond.

“I would also advise leaving the gracious pond owner’s property exactly the way you found it, and perhaps even sharing your harvest with them,” he said. 

Kennedy said the autumn colors and cooler weather add a memorable backdrop while making memories fishing with family and friends.

“We have so many things to do in our busy lives these days, I hope our society hasn’t forgotten how to make time to slowdown and enjoy time fishing with their child, friend or family member before the cold winter sets in,” he said. “Past fishing trips with family and friends are the memories that I cherish the most.”

Information on permits, how to fish and where to fish can be found online at  mdc.mo.gov/fishing