My hope is that with this guide you can get out there fishing in no time and feel positive that you are doing everything just right. After getting to know all the basics, you will be all set to go fishing on any lake!
Fishing from a Boat
Still fishing on a boat simply means fishing from an anchored boat. Select your place, then rig up your tackle. You can use pretty much any kind of tackle – even a hand line, but the most frequently used is the bait casting outfit.
Trolling means fishing from a slowly moving boat. The lure or bait is set up astern of the boat, at a length of from forty to seventy-five feet. The ideal method to troll is to sit facing the stern of the boat while someone else rows the boat slowly. Maintain the rod steady with the tip up at an angle of about 45 degrees.
Learn to Cast
It’s important to understand how to cast a spinning rod and a bait caster properly – normally you’ll need to put the bait within a few feet of the reach zone where a poor casting results in neglected chances of a catch and also lost lures. When using plastic baits like worms, or craws, don’t jerk it around, this happens too many times that newbie fishermen have a tough time understanding a difference between a bite and a snag causing in the bait relocated away from the strike zone. The best way to figure out a bite is to hold the rod stable with a little pressure and see if there is a pulsation, if so then jerk. With plastic bait, the bass will typically hold on to the bait for a couple seconds – plenty of time to see if it’s a fish or a snag.
Simply just watching the bait in the water, you can considerably improve your fish catch ratio up to 50% or even more! Fish have eating behaviors that are influenced by various methods they use, sense of smell, touching and mouthing at bait with their mouths, using their lateral line senses that sense vibration or movement and their eyes that quite often is what many types of fish use first to feed. We as fishers need to fool them into motivating to go after our bait. If they are used to eating on a specific food form, for example minnows or any other small freshwater fish, then we will need to toss in a comparable size bait in the water. The fish will consistently provide us the clues of how they want a bait and when they want it, we just need to determine this part out as soon as we hit the water.
If you plan to fish on a natural lake, search for places down the shoreline that have patches of aquatic vegetation such as lily pads or reeds. Any spots where you see a change in the type or density of vegetation are good areas to target. Freshwater game fish, like largemouth bass and northern pike, are often seen near vegetation in natural lakes since these places provide higher oxygen levels and cover to ambush prey.
If you can’t find vegetation or if there is too little, keep attention for logs or rock piles. Both of these sorts of structures may also offer shelter for game fish in a natural lake.
You can’t go wrong with natural freshwater bait like cricket, worms, minnows, and leeches. Live bait can also be quite reasonable. For synthetic lures, we advise fishing jigs. They are the most convenient in lakes because they can pick up just about any type of freshwater fish.
Work with the Wind
On the days with more wind you can assume the bait fish to get pressed closer to shore, indicating the big fish will come closer to shore to get food. Look for drift lines and stick to them, they will guide to bait fish, which often turns lead to big fish.
Try a Kayak
For new anglers that want to get out on the water but don’t have a boat can consider kayak fishing. Kayaks are reasonably priced, weigh little and are easy to move around. They also let you to get in those tight places not attainable by foot or power boats that may hide some of the biggest fish!