Fishing Tips: Where to catch fish, Remember This
Plan your fishing trip where the fish are plentiful, especially if you're just starting out. Just getting outdoors to fish is part of the fun, but nothing beats landing lots of fish!
Where fish live A city park, a pay-per-catch pond or a heavily stocked lake is a good bet. Rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and man-made reservoirs also hold fish. If you don't know where to fish near your community, call an official from your state fisheries department or ask someone working at a local bait shop.
Where fish swim Fish love to swim off sandbars, in deep edges, in weed beds and around sunken islands. They also swim near artificial structures such as boat docks or piers and around natural cover such as fallen trees. Get a map of the lake if possible. It will help you locate some of these popular fish locations.
Fishing Tips: Fish love live bait!
Not all people like the same foods. Fish are no different. Choosing the right kind of live bait can depend on the kind of fish you're trying to catch. Here are some commonly used live baits, some listed with tips on where to find them outside of a bait shop. Click on the links to learn how to get them on your hook:Crayfish - Under rocks or other shelter in lots of cold-water ponds, lakes, streams and rivers.
Crickets - Outside under rocks or maybe even in your house!
Frogs - In swamps, ponds and other areas with still, shallow water.
Grasshoppers - In fields of tall grass.
Grubs (insect larvae) - Sometimes they live in your lawn.
Hellgrammites (dobsonfly larvae)
Mealworms (insect larvae)
Minnows (including different species like chubs, dace and shiners) - They can be tough to catch, but you'll probably find them in the same bodies of water you fish.
Night crawlers and earthworms - Down in the dirt, probably in your yard or garden.
Salamanders - In swamps, ponds and other areas with still, shallow water. Sometimes you can find them on marshy land underneath logs.
Wax worms (moth larvae)
Fishing is fun! But remember to stay safe!
Tips for a safe fishing tripAlways wear your life jacket when fishing and keep it fastened. Safety should be your main focus, so the life jacket should be the right size (not too big) so that it won't slide over your head.
Have plenty of cold drinks and snacks in the boat.
Avoid getting sunburned while fishing. You should apply sunscreen to any part of your body that isn't covered by clothing.Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going outdoors, even on a cloudy day, and reapplied every two hours.
Keep hooks, sharp knives and fishing line in a tackle box. You don't want to get hurt.
Fins are sharp. Always handle fish carefully and under the supervision of an adult.
It is important to be aware of weather conditions before setting out on a fishing trip. Also, weather can change quickly so it is a good idea to take a radio along to stay tuned in to changing conditions.
Wearing the right clothing for a fishing trip is important and it can help to keep you dry. Footwear should be appropriate for the occasion, and wearing multiple layers of thin clothes allows you to adjust to changing temperatures.
The right clothes and repellents can help keep the bugs away.
If fishing from shore, pick an area free of debris and large enough to allow casting space for all of the anglers in your group.
Never fish from bridges or roadways.
Rod, reel and line Start with a spincasting reel (the one with the push button on the back) rigged with 10-pound-test monofilament and a 5- to 5 ½-foot, two-piece rod with light action. This outfit is easy to use and transport, and it will cast light lures.
No. 2 straight shank hooks, 1/16-ounce clamp-on weights and floaters. This live-bait outfit works great with earthworms, minnows or PowerBait eggs and is highly effective for anything that swims. The most important factor to an enjoyable day of fishing is catching fish.
Spinner baits, 1/4- and 3/8-ounce willow-leaf blades in both white and chartreuse. These baits have plenty of flash, are easy to cast and retrieve, and are relatively snagproof.
8-inch purple plastic worms, wire guard No. 3 hooks, and 1/8-ounce bullet-shaped slip sinkers.
Shad colored Pop-R top-water bait. Top-water baits are exciting to fish; this one can't be fished too fast or too slow. Be sure to purchase treble-hook covers to cover the hooks when not in use.
Bait bucket If you're fishing with minnows or other types of baitfish, you'll need a bait bucket. It should be tethered to land or your boat whether it is the kind that floats or sinks. This container will have small holes to allow fresh water inside.Other items for a pleasant fishing tripCold drinks
Lots of snacks
Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes prior to going outdoors, even on a cloudy day, and reapplied every two hours.