Brown Trout, Steelhead, and Salmon
Starting in September when fishing in Wisconsin I will spend a good portion of time guiding on the rivers for big King Salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead using mainly spinning tackle or bait casters. I love catch these fish on stand up tackle! If you have not tangled with one of these fish, it's a must to try. Fish over 20 lbs are common with some reaching 30+ lbs. After the kings spawn the Coho Salmon will migrate up river to spawn, followed by Brown Trout and Steelhead. It is a great opportunity to catch multiple species of fish all in the same day, all from shore. I've had days on the rivers where I've caught salmon, trout, pike, small mouth bass, catfish, and walleyes all from shore, all in the same day.
I also will target smallmouth bass in the fall , and if the timing is right 40+ fish days are not uncommon with several over 18+ inches consistently. I prefer to fish the lakes that yield big smallies and typically Ocotber and November are the 2 best months for giant smallies.
Fall Fishing Season
Another one of my favorite times of year to fish is fall. Fall is the time of year where I'm literally fishing for everything with an emphasis on Muskies, Northern Pike, Small Mouth Bass, Steelhead and Brown Trout. These fish are now putting on a lot of weight before winter, or "the feed bag".