Perch fishing in autumn
For passionate anglers even the cool season is no reason why you shouldn’t grab your rod and wait for a magnificent perch on a hook. Basically, there is no reason not to fish in autumn as long as you are familiar with the seasonal behaviour of the fish. The following article explains what you should bear in mind when fishing for perch in the autumn months.
Behaviour of perch in autumn
In general, as an angler you must be prepared for changes in perch behaviour between September and November/December. These are due to the changeable weather as well as the lower water temperature and the size of the prey fish. In addition, perches take an example from white fish and behave very similarly. In principle, a whitefish is considered more temperature-sensitive and retreats into deeper waters. In autumn, perches do the same as whitefish when they want to forage. The seasonal behaviour is also an advantage, as the animals gather in small groups. This increases the probability of catching one of them.
Which baits are best suited for perch fishing in autumn?
A perch seldom comes alone: If you spot perch in the water, you should cast a lure immediately. Perch are considered to be particularly keen to bite. So when a perch bites, other members of the school are often not long in coming. Occasionally the bait is changed during the fishing trip. Lures with acoustic signals such as rattles are ideal for catching. Perch listen to their sounds and come out of the sea grass areas. In addition, variants that imitate the swimming behaviour of the animals are suitable. Good chances of catching a perch on a fishing rod are obtained with rubber baits that resemble a fish in appearance. This advice should be taken to heart, especially on days when there are few perches. You can increase the hit rate, because perch eat mussels or other water animals as well as their younger conspecifics.
It is important to move the bait quickly. This restlessness activates the perch in their hunting pleasure. At the same time you should carefully pull your catch out of the water. In this way the risk of losing the perch remains very low. A rod that is not too tight in combination with gentle drilling is optimal for perch fishing.
Which colours work well in autumn?
Compared to other fish species, perch are extremely sensitive to visual stimuli. If the water is clear and clean, dark ‘muddy’ colours such as black and brown are recommended, as well as shades of green. Otherwise, shades ranging from yellowish green to white in turbid waters have proven to be effective. Such colours remind the fish of their food, which is why many baits are offered in similar colours in specialist shops.
Biting times of perch in autumn
Perch bite during the autumn months in only very short phases. Therefore, a little patience is required here until the wait pays off. If one was finally successful, the respective weather conditions and localities should be documented in writing. Then, next time you only need to look up in the notebook what conditions prevailed during the last catch. The relevant ‘key data’ include air and water temperatures, water cleanliness and time data. Both early morning and evening perch have their usual biting times. During the day they are somewhat less active in this respect.
Autumn sites – where are the perch?
Perch are very reliable in their preferred environment. In autumn weather conditions, perch can be found in smaller groups than in the spring or summer months. During the day they prefer to group in shallow waters. In the evening hours they change their location and swim into deeper water. There they can still be found in the early morning. If you want to try your luck in autumn, you should look out for spots with edges and depressions on the bottom.