The fall migration of speckled trout to the interior marshes is in full force. Good days will be on a light south wind and a moving tide. Weighted baitfish and shrimp patterns under a VOSI will deliver numbers of school trout.
Even better days are when the skies are overcast or foggy. This is the time to break out surface patterns – Crease Flies, Bubbleheads, Pencil Poppers, Perch Float Poppers or Gurglers.
Some of the best redfish action will come a couple days after a cold front, when winds die down and water levels in the marsh are still low. Look for exposed backs and tails.
A wide range of flies do well this month, including toads, bendbacks, kwans, sliders, crab patterns, charlies like the LaFleur’s Charlie, and copper or root beer spoon flies.
Crappie action revs up with the colder weather. Cast flies to shallow water brush piles and docks near deeper water. Crappie Candies, Fluff Butts, Silli-Butts and small Clousers are all good options.
Chain pickerel (aka grass pike) will be very active now that cool weather is here. Try neutral buoyancy flies with lots of motion — such as Seaducers, Millers Fluke Fly and large streamers.
Rainbow trout stocking is now on a two-week cycle for the Little Missouri River (Murfreesboro, AR), the Mountain Fork River (Broken Bow, OK) and the Sipsey River (Jasper, AL). Woolybuggers, Squirmies, and wet flies will all work well.
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