Sneak some fishing in with the hunting this fall
For years I’ve been saying that I’m going to do more fishing in the fall, and every year it seems that I break my promise to myself.
It’s hard enough to balance your work and home priorities with the many fall hunting seasons, let alone adding a little fishing into the mix. For the most part, I tend to miss out on fishing in the fall, but for the past couple of years I have been sneaking in a bit here and there.
The fall perch fishing in my neighborhood has been spotty recently, but fishing for walleye is good and northern pike have been more abundant than they have been in the past 10 years. Walleye are my wife’s favorite on the dinner table, and I don’t mind pike at all, so I’ve targeted those two in my limited excursions, and I found a little spot that my partners and I usually have all to ourselves.
There’s nothing like catching fish on a beautiful summer day, but for some reason — maybe the cold weather — bringing in a dandy pike or walleye in the fall seems twice as satisfying. On one occasion last season, we had a heck of a time reeling in our lures with all of the ice forming on the rod guides and on the reels, but we still managed a few dandy pike and walleye.
Every year during our week-long duck camp, my brother usually brings up fish that he’s saved in the freezer over the summer, and we usually have a great fish fry. Last year, our dad added to the pile when he brought grouper that he’d caught over the winter in Florida. This year, neither my brother nor I have any fish in the freezer, so we’re vowing to fish as much as we hunt while we’re at camp. I’ll let you know if we end up having a fish fry this year.