Are you wondering when to stop feeding fish this fall? The most accurate source for answering that question is—the fish.
As water temps drop below 70, a fish’s cold-blooded body transitions to winter. During summer months, they should consume a five-second-feeder spin in 10 minutes. By early November, that same amount may take 15 or 20 minutes. Their darting, swirling flashes soon appear in slow motion. Near Thanksgiving, you may notice leftover pellets on the surface when fish stop eating. That’s your sign! They may randomly nibble a few bites after successive, warm days, but it will be short lived. Place leftover food in a sealed container. Keep batteries charged during the winter.
How are you going to fill the void of those memorable feeding periods? Contact friends and ask them to call when disposing of Christmas trees. The most thoughtful thing you can do for your bluegill buddies is improve their habitat. When they resume spawning next spring, fry will need protective cover to survive predation and contribute new generations among the food chain. Bundle and weight four to five trees per surface acre. Sink them near spawning beds at depths that will remain covered when water levels drop during summer. If you prefer artificial attractors for more snag-free angling, we’re dealers for several great models. Check them out on our website.