Now that fall has officially arrived, the colors are in full bloom, and the daytime temperatures are no longer hot and stifling, the idea of a fall getaway could be coming to mind. It’s a wonderful time of year to get outdoors and enjoy nature, and why not do it with a group of friends on a fall fishing trip. Whether you and your friends can only get away for a couple of days or a full week, a fall fishing trip gives you all a chance to bond, enjoy nature, and catch some fish in the process.
So, if this is your first fall fishing trip or your trips in the past haven’t exactly been ideal, here are some tips you can use to plan the ultimate getaway.
Choose a Destination
The first thing you’ll need to do is choose a destination. This will likely depend on how much time you have available to get away and how far you want to travel. Perhaps you want to stay local and remain in your own state, or maybe you want to drive or fly to another state for a whole new experience.
As for the best locations in the country for fall fishing, these include Florida, Missouri, Maryland, California, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan, Massachusetts, Texas, and Minnesota.
Spend Time Researching Accommodations
Now that you’ve picked the perfect destination, it’s time to think about accommodations. Rather than stay at the typical chain-style hotel, why not choose lodgings that are meant for fishing? For example, a designated Minnesota fishing resort means you can fish on-site and not have to waste your time looking for that perfect spot each day.
Of course, with that said you also want to be sure that the lodging you pick is nearby to the type of fish you want to catch. Maybe you’re after something specific like smallmouth bass, walleye, or northern pike. Clearly, there will be some spots that are better than others for each species.
Familiarize Yourself with the Fishing Regulations
It will also be your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the fishing regulations in that state to ensure that you follow all the rules.
Get Prepared with Your Gear Ahead of Time
Because you want to hit the ground running when you arrive at your destination, you want to be sure you’re prepared and have packed all your necessary gear. Sure, you’ll probably be able to pick up things once you arrive, but why take the chance, and why spend the time shopping instead of out there fishing?
Then there’s the fact that experienced fishers tend to be very specific about what gear they like, so it’s really best to bring your own stuff.
Do You Want to Include Anything Else in the Itinerary?
Finally, you may want to consider adding other outdoor activities and adventures to your itinerary, just to get the best most memorable getaway experience.
Following each of these tips will help you to seamlessly plan the ultimate fall fishing trip with your friends.