Fall Fishing Preview: Bites to Expect this Fall with Fisher Guiding

Can you believe it's past Labor Day Weekend and Fall is just around the corner? Well, put away those white pants but not your fishing rod! As of this writing, we've been in business for just over 5 months and are partnered with 73 guides and charters. We've broken them all down for you here by what will be biting in most of our guide locations when Fall arrives. Check them out and book your next adventure to catch a big one this Fall!


Upstate NY - September and early October is prime time for Chinook salmon. October is also good for steelhead feeding on salmon eggs, and brown trout come around by mid-October.

Montauk and New York City / New Jersey - Earn your stripes. Spots often fill up early, but check with a charter if they have days left to get in on Fall's striped bass run.

Northern PA - Fall is perhaps the best time for smallmouth and largemouth bass on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, when the temperature dips and the fish stack up in areas to feed in preparation for the winter.

Massachusetts - Fly fishing in Western Massachusetts is good year-round, and the brown trout are getting bigger for winter. Just don’t try to book a trip when the Patriots are playing...

New Hampshire and Maine - As the leaves turn color, the fish are often biting colorful flies and lures. New Hampshire will be producing bass year round, and trout will be feeding across the Northeast in Fall.

East Coast / Mid-Atlantic

Virginia Beach - Catch yellowfin tuna for dinner until November. Bluefish, bluefin tuna, sea bass, striped bass, speckled trout, and more will also be biting at or near peak.

Charleston, SC - Fall fishing is the best for inshore action. Catch redfish, sea trout, flounder, and many more species!

Outer Banks, NC - Count bills... as in billfish. It’s a great time for white marlin and sailfish, and still good for blue marlin. Or, go for yellowfin tuna, snapper, bluefish, Spanish and king mackerel, and more.

The Caribbean and Florida

The Bahamas - Bonefish and barracuda are always in season in paradise, and the bite is heating up as the Fall approaches.

Virgin Islands - The offshore sailfish season begins in October and lasts through April. Blue marlin are still at their peak (July to October), though the season is year-round.  Also, September to May is the best time for wahoo.

Puerto Rico - Fall includes peak inshore fishing for tarpon, bonefish, and Jack Crevalle!

Southwest Florida - Redfish, king mackerel, and black drum are hot. Conditions are good as well for flounder and sheepshead.

Tampa and St. Petersburg - Get a good chance at goliath grouper, permit, amberjack, or black sea bass. Many opportunities here year round!

Central America

Belize - Bonefish are excellent targets in the Fall, and if cold fronts hold off, chances for permit will also be good. Tarpon fishing remains excellent through October.

Puerto Aventuras, Mexico - Excellent time to target wahoo, king mackerel, grouper, red snapper, or amberjack. And, barracuda are always in season.

Tabasco, Mexico - Fishing is good year round, though September, October, and November are precisely the best months for fly fishing here.

Panama - Our guides always know where to go for tarpon. Fall and Spring are the best seasons for serious fishing here.

Costa Rica - On the Pacific side, September and October aren’t as productive as other months, but conditions are still solid for rooster fish, snapper, dorado, and yellowfin tuna. The bite for wahoo and billfish gets good again in November.

Western U.S.

Alaska - Late September and early October are great times to catch a trophy rainbow trout. Through November, you can still catch silver salmon if you’re able to escape up to the last frontier!

Park City, Utah and Aspen, Colorado - Not only is a trip out West beautiful in the Fall colors, but trout will be feeding like hungry football players.

San Diego, California - San Diego has amazing weather and fishing year round. In November and December, you'll still get good chances at yellowtail tuna, sharks, rock fish, and rock cod.

Sacramento, California - Rainbow trout and steelhead fishing is at its peak, and salmon are abundant in the Fall run during September and October.

Far Away and In Between

Portugal - Though the best months to fly fish for trout here are June, July, and August, some trout fisheries don’t close until September 15th or October 30th. It’s never too early to plan for next season!

Middle Tennessee - The bite from smallmouth and largemouth bass is almost as hot as Nashville’s chicken.

Western North Carolina and Shenandoah Valley, Virginia - The cooler temperatures mean time for trout in the pristine Appalachian mountains. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are still feeding plenty as well.

Wisconsin - Fall from September to November is a great time to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers, or muskies, Coho and Chinook salmon on Wisconsin’s lakes. Trout and walleye will be out there too.

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