Pike fishing in autumn
A long winter is just around the corner and the pike now begins to eat its winter fat. But this eating behaviour does not start with the beginning of autumn. Experience shows that pike fishing becomes really good only with the first night frosts. The brood fish that have survived the summer and have now learned to watch out for the great hunter will not make things any easier for the pike. All the more aggressive he goes about his business. Good for us!
Behaviour of the pike in autumn
What is fascinating is that the pike stays for hours and camouflages itself to make itself invisible to its prey. In doing so it remains aggressive. As soon as it sees prey, it will strike. It is difficult to work out a uniform behaviour of the pike. Some lie down on the bottom near the shore to wait for prey, others follow the whitefish to hunt them in open waters. They are not found at the bottom, but rather in the middle layer of the water depth. It can be helpful here to observe the great crested grebe or other water birds. Where they hunt, the pike is not far away. Smaller pike are more active than their larger conspecifics. Is it the experience they lack or do junior predators have more energy?
Which lures are best suited for autumn pike fishing?
The pike is wild. It is a feeding machine in autumn and we should take advantage of that. Whether bait fish, twitchbaits, rubber fish, streamers or spoons – you have to try it. Every bait can be successful. Which one is used depends a little bit on the area. While in early autumn the fish tend to swim close to land, these fixed locations dissolve with the first frost. The bait should then be chosen in a correspondingly variable way to cover the entire spectrum. The chances to land a capital predator throughout October are quite good in shallow water. The water temperature is dropping, but there are still enough plants in the shore area and therefore the pike has plenty of opportunities to hide. This also applies to the larger specimens.
Which colours work well in autumn?
As long as a little autumn sun still breaks through the cloudy layer of clouds, indicators and anything that reflects sunlight are first choice. But muted colours also attract the hunter’s attention. Important is the movement and here especially movement patterns that encourage him to bite. Therefore it is a good advice to always test all possible colours to see which lure the pike is jumping on. In really dull weather bright and bright colours are naturally more popular.
Autumn pike biting times
As in spring there are no times in autumn when the pike is particularly calm in its biting behaviour. It hunts all day long. With luck also in the early evening hours at dusk. At this time the catch rate goes down in proportion to the fading light.
Stands of pike in autumn
The cooler it gets, the more it pulls the pike into the deeper parts of the water. Following its prey fish, it seeks its new habitats. This does not necessarily have to be in the middle of the lake. It also loves old wall remains, trees and also the transition areas to shallower parts of the water. However, he will no longer visit all the shallow areas. So if you have been fishing successfully in summer, you will have little success in autumn at the same spots.