Pike-perch fishing in autumn
Autumn is a golden age for pike-perch anglers: Before the cold winter months, the pike-perch is particularly aggressive in its search for prey, and the high oxygen content in the water also ensures active behaviour by the predatory fish. But what is the most successful way to fish for zander in autumn? We will get to the bottom of this question here.
Behaviour of the pikeperch in autumn
In autumn the temperatures fall and the oxygen content in the water rises. This is good for the pikeperch, which in the dark and cool autumn months is increasingly hunting for prey in order to eat a cushion for the barren winter. As a result, anglers fishing for zander in the autumn can look forward to active and aggressive fish that bite particularly often in murky water. The zander expand their territories enormously and can be found in almost all areas of the water.
Which lures are best suited for autumn zander fishing?
In autumn you can safely use slightly larger lures between 10 and 15 centimetres long. The reason for this is simple: in the autumn the breeding fish have grown in size and the zander prefer larger bites with which they can eat a good cushion for the winter in the most efficient way. Slim rubber fish with little action imitate the behaviour of prey fish in autumn best.
Similar to pike-perch fishing in winter, the lazy method is best used in autumn with regard to baiting. By guiding the bait over the reel over the bottom, the behaviour of the zander’s prey fish can be imitated best. In the early autumn months you can let the lure jump over the bottom with two to three turns of the crank handle – in late autumn one or two turns are usually sufficient.
Boat anglers can try their hand at vertical fishing to achieve the greatest success. In the best case, an echo sounder will make the search easier – where several fish are displayed at the same spot, there is a good chance that it is zander. Finally, you should set anchor here and tap the area intensively with the vertical technique. Light wind conditions make it easier for the angler to search a larger area by drifting.
Which colours work well in autumn?
In autumn it is advisable to adjust the colours of the lures to the turbidity of the water and the weather conditions. This is the best way to sail in dark weather and cloudy water with light and bright baits – preferably in a UV-active version and/or in shock colours. On brighter days and when fishing in clear waters, however, you are better advised to use lures in natural colours.
Autumn zander biting times
Zander are particularly busy in autumn looking for food – accordingly you can achieve success in autumn zander fishing during the day as well as in the evening and night hours. Anglers report particularly good catches at the end of the day – in the evenings and at night most of the zander’s prey fish are on the move, and the zander are correspondingly active at these times of day when they are hunting. However, if you know where to look and bring the right bait, you can be successful in autumn zander fishing regardless of the time of day.
Stands in autumn: Where are the zander?
In summer, the jumping layer lies like a lid over deep water areas and thus prevents fish from being caught here. In autumn, however, this situation changes, so that you should go to deeper areas of rivers and lakes to fish for zander. However, zander are not as deep in autumn as in winter, so you should offer your bait at a maximum depth of around 10 metres. As in winter, zander can be found in deeper parts of the water, where the higher oxygen content attracts them.
At night it is worth fishing shallow bank areas with plugs. Otherwise, pike-perch are preferred in places rich in structure, including steeply sloping edges and chasms with sandy bottom. Both shore anglers and boat anglers should have no difficulty in finding suitable hotspots.