People head to rivers, lakes, and ponds to enjoy a day of fishing. Fishing is often frustrating because you can catch a bucket of fish one day and nothing the next. Here are some tips to select fishing spots that will minimize the number of days you come home empty-handed. Guard these secrets closely or other anglers may give you a run for it!
Step 1: Look for structures that are most likely to hold the desired fish or other fish that they eat. Fallen trees, submerged logs, weeds, and rocks are typical places that sunfish gather, making them ideal spots for walleye and bass anglers. Do not overlook the sun because bright spots in shallow areas create warmer water attractive to fish. When the weather is hot, fish tend to gather in shady areas where the water is cool.
Step 2: Find spots where tributaries meet a main body of water. This usually creates two water temperatures and food from the smaller body. Travel up the tributary because game fish like bass will look for food in a few inches of water.
Step 3: Areas that are difficult to reach also make great fishing spots because you may be the only person there. Get away from the fishing crowd and you will probably have a successful day. Also, travel to areas that are not difficult to access but take time to reach. Ride your bike, take a hike, or navigate your boat to these spots, enjoying nature along the way.
Step 4: Once you find a spot where you catch fish, continue to fish there. Many people catch fish in a certain location and then travel elsewhere. Unless your catch is extremely territorial, there will most likely be more than one fish in the same spot. Be patient and continue fishing there to fill your bucket.