As the water temperature begins to cool, the summer bite dies off fairly quickly. The fish are not necessarily going to be in different areas, they will just be more susceptible to a few different lures.
Find the Weeds, Find the Fish
In most of our Colorado waters the pike are primarily relating to weeds, throughout the summer the weeds are difficult to fish. Once the water cools and the weeds lay down, the pike become much more accesible. I like targeting these fish casting spinnerbaits, and soft jerkbaits or swimbaits. As long as the lures are somewhat "weed resistant" you should be able to catch fish working them over or through the weeds.
Cast or Troll?
The fall is reversed from the spring as far as order goes. In the spring typically trolling early is most productive and then transitioning into a casting bite as the weeds interfere with trolling. In the fall I will transition from casting to trolling. As soon as the weeds are out of the way trolling is by far most effective.
The Tackle Box
My tackle box for the fall is more diverse than any other time of the year. My top baits are as follows.
1. Spinnerbait ( Double Colorado )
2. Soft Swimbait ( Savage Gear Line Thru Trout, 3D Trout)
3. Soft Jerkbait ( 7" reaper tail, Slug-Go )
4. Husky Jerk
1. Rapala FL-18
2. Husky Jerk (HJ-14)
3. 7" Grandma Lure
Speed is Key
As the water cools down the fish will get more aggressive until the water gets too cold. Earlier in the fall, work your presentations quickly and erratically. Once the water gets below 52 degrees the fish slow down severely. Slowly worked baits with long pauses are most effective.
Hopefully this helps you be successful throughout the fall fishing season. I anticipate this to be one the best falls we have seen in years and I plan on putting some clients on some big fish as well as teaching them how to be successful day in a day out.