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Ultimate Guide • Updated Wed, Nov 1, 2023

9 Hottest Fishing and Hunting Trips for Fall 2023

Fall brings colder mornings, changing winds, and arguably the best time of year to fish. Hunters and dogs alike look forward to days in the crisp air for bird season. Snow-capped mountains out West and changing conditions in the East tell you to unpack your warmer clothes and get out there for one more trip this fall. No matter your outdoor preference, here are the most desirable guided fishing and hunting trips for the end of 2023.

Crisp, cool autumn mornings in upstate New York make for excellent fall ruffed grouse hunting conditions with Covert Creek Outfitting.

Crisp, cool autumn mornings in upstate New York make for excellent fall ruffed grouse hunting conditions with Covert Creek Outfitting.

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Fly and Sight Fishing with Capt. Ron Ratliff

Chauvin, Louisiana

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Capt. Ron Ratliff with a healthy Louisiana bull redfish. Courtesy of Hayden Dobbins.

Capt. Ron Ratliff of Marsh Dawn Charters will tour you through the mud-banked maze of the expansive Louisiana saltwater marsh. Born and raised on the bayou, Capt. Ron knows these waters like the back of his hand and provides anglers with the trip of a lifetime hunting down bull redfish in shallow water 

The salt marsh habitat provides  great opportunities to sight-fish bull redfish on fly gear and light tackle. You may also see large black drum, sheepshead, and jack crevalle during this time of year although fall is peak redfishing season. Colder temperatures bring clear water and draw large redfish into the marsh, sometimes in excess of 20 pounds. Expect shots at  distances of thirty feet or less. On calm days, you may be able to venture offshore and catch wahoo, tuna, snapper, billfish and more near Louisiana’s offshore oil rigs and drilling platforms. Southern Louisiana provides world-class fishing at any time of the year, so no matter the season you will be able to experience the region's great fishing, but fall is certainly a favorite season and spots fill up fast. Book your trip with Captain Ron today.

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Fly Fishing and Wingshooting with Covert Creek Outfitting

Roscoe, New York

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Colorful, hook-jawed brown trout are a primary target for fall fly fishing in upstate New York.

Experience a fly fishing and wingshooting trip of a lifetime in New York’s Catskill Mountain region with Joe Heusinger and the crew at Covert Creek Outfitting. Just 2 hours outside of New York City lie several blue-ribbon streams with easy access from Roscoe, New York — home base for CCO. Their walk-and-wade trips will take you to the storied waters of the Willowemoc, Beaverkill, Delaware, Neversink, Esopus Creek, and other coveted brook trout streams. 

The Catskills are also home to some of the best upland bird hunting in the Northeast. CCO’s staff of experienced guides will take you hunting in thick cover for ruffed grouse and migratory woodcock, kitted out with all the necessary blaze orange safety gear and expertly trained bird dogs. Expect to hike multiple miles amongst exquisite fall foliage in search of ruffies, the king of upland game birds. This is a true Northeastern sportsman’s experience CCO hunts on an array of land parcels around upper Delaware County and Schoharie County. 

Looking to cast and blast? No problem! As of October 2023, CCO will offer Cast and Blast trips, with a few hours of fishing followed by a few hours of hunting. If you want an even more immersive stay in this beautiful wilderness, consider the Trout and Grouse Camping trip.

Bird Hunting and Fly Fishing with Wesley Hodges

Eagle Rock, Virginia

Book with Wesley Hodges.

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Virginia glamping with a view.

Disconnect and slow down this fall Wesley Hodges and his team of expert guides. Wesley and the team have extensive knowledge of their local woods and waters and run an array of premier guided trips in the wilderness of Virginia. These fly fishing and hunting trips go the extra mile in focusing on your experience from the moment you arrive until it’s time for dinner. Walk and wade to catch trout and smallmouth on the fly, or join your guide on a full-day float trip for trout, smallmouth, and musky. 

If you are looking for a more extensive hunting excursion, venture on a 2 day hunting trip in Virginia and West Virginia’s foothills for ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, and American woodcock. Wesley offers all inclusive fishing and glamping and main house lodging for fishing and upland bird hunting excursions for the ultimate experience.

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Whitetail Deer, Wild Hogs, and Inshore Fishing with Florida Outdoor Experience

Florida, U.S.A.

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A trophy archery Florida swamp buck.

Dive deep into the woods, waters, history, and culture of Old Florida with Florida Outdoor Experience. Owner and Guide Captain Gray Drummond represents 6 generations of regional sporting expertise — as his family settled in the area around their operation in the early 1800s. Gray and his team specialize in providing tailored fishing and hunting trips across a variety of waterways and properties that embody a near-pristine central Florida environment. Whether you’re looking to embark on a whitetail weekend adventure, a wild hog weekender, or a full day of inshore fishing, there are lots of ways to get your outdoor fix at FOE this fall.

World-class Duck Hunting at Carter’s Big Island Hunt Club

Saint Paul, Kansas

Book with Carter's Big Island Hunt Club.

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Mallards descending on the decoy spread at Carter's Big Island in Saint Paul, Kansas.

Boasting some of the best duck hunting Kansas has to offer, Carter’s Big Island Hunt Club is a unique, borderline ineffable experience for any waterfowl enthusiast. Roy Carter and his family will cater to you throughout your stay, and work tirelessly 365 days a year to manage their land for the benefit of waterfowl. Their hunting properties house Kansas’ largest flooded green timber tract, drawing ducks by the tens of thousands each hunting season. 

Peak season dates are filling up fast. Join your guide on an all-day duck hunt for the waterfowl hunting trip of a lifetime.

Authentic Colorado Fly Fishing and Upland Bird Hunting with Wild Willow Outfitters

Aspen, Colorado

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Upland hunting in Colorado in the winter means tight teamwork between bird dogs and hunters.

Get out on a true Colorado hunting or fishing experience hosted by Wild Willow Outfitters.

 Preston and his staff of expert guides will take you out into Western Colorado’s fabled rivers and mountains for some of the best fly fishing and bird hunting in the heartland. Take a private float trip in the Roaring Fork River to efficiently cover river miles in style, or take a private wading trip to fish while still getting your steps in. 

For a true Colorado hunting experience, join your guide and bird dogs on a full day of wild grouse hunting, or a guided upland bird hunt with knowledgeable hunters in this esteemed upland hunting region. As an added bonus, transportation is included to and from Aspen!

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True Southern Fishing with Captain Scott Owens of Southeastern Angling

Georgia, U.S.A.

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If you’re looking for a guide with all the tools to catch a variety of species from the Golden Isles of Georgia to the North Florida lowcountry, look no further than Captain Scott Owens and Captain Rob Aldridge of Southeastern Angling. Each fall, their bull red drum guided charters are highly sought after for shots at massive redfish in the waters off of Coastal Georgia. Join Scott, Rob, or one of the other expert guides on their roster and experience a fall fishing essential of the Southeast.

Year-round, Southeastern Angling provides a variety of fishing charters like fly fishing, flats fishing, reef fishing, and more. If you’re unsure what’s in season, skip the legwork and book a Captain’s Choice excursion to ensure the best experience based on the conditions and season.

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Stripers, Albies, and Bonito with Brice Contessa of Martha’s Vineyard Outfitters

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

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The famed New England "fall run" provides some of the best light tackle fishing for striped bass on earth.

Nestled a short ferry ride off the coast of New England’s famed Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard’s fall season hosts world-class angling for any light tackle enthusiast. With nearly three decades of experience, Capt. Brice Contessa (owner and operator of MVO) has the waters of his home island on lock. Brice specializes in providing a tailored fishing experience to suit your needs, perfect for beginners and experienced anglers alike.

Join Brice on a full-day, ¾ day, or half-day guided fishing trip to target fish in the coastal waters, flats, bays, and estuaries of this picturesque, historic island. Expect to fish for striped bass, bonito, bluefish, false albacore, and more. 

Fall Smallmouth Floats with Austin Adduci of Grab Your Fly Charters

Illinois, U.S.A.

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Time to load up the drift boat for fall smallmouth fishing.

Believe it or not, fishing near the metropolis of Chicago is excellent throughout the fall, and guide Austin Adduci of Grab Your Fly Charters will show you just what makes Illinois such a prime freshwater fishing destination. As owner of the oldest guided service in the Chicago metro area, Austin will help you slow things down amidst the urban hustle and bustle as you float the nearby Kankakee or Dupage River  for smallmouth bass and northern pike.

Securing Your Fall Fishing Spot

Was your guide’s calendar all booked up? These are some of the hottest trips on AnyCreek, and our guides often book up well in advance of the season. Plan ahead and get on their calendar for next fall to secure your spot!

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