There are always plenty of things to keep in mind when lookingÂ for the perfect catch, but these basic freshwater fishing tipsÂ can help provide a general overview of what you need to know. Â They are great for the beginner or as a refresher for those who have been at it a while.
You have a limitedÂ amount of time to spend on the water. To make your freshwater fishingÂ experience as enjoyable as possible, organize all of yourÂ fishing gear and tackleÂ ahead of time. Preparing a bait bag in advance can also help you keep bait close at hand. Â Keeping rods, extra tackle, and keeping the live well full of fresh water will all make your fishing trip just that much better
WashÂ your hands
This is one of the most often overlooked tips! Fish actually have a very sensitive sense of smell. If the bait your using smells like cigarette smoke or bug spray, theyâ€™ll be that less likely to bite. Â If your boat has a galley or a small wash sink use it. Â Failing that keep a bottle of unscented hand sanitizer on board to remove those unwanted scents.
Follow theÂ weather patterns
Freshwater fish, like all other creatures, are directly influenced by their environmentâ€”and that includes everything from the gravitational pull of the moon to how high the sun is in the sky. Days on or near key moon phases can often be prime times to make a catch. Bright sunlight can bother fish, while wind can drive bait fish or insects to the downwind side of a lake (where gamefish are sure to follow). Fish also tend to be less active during hot and muggy, high-pressure periods. Â Keeping a radar and fish finder willÂ help in watching these patterns.
Most species of freshwater fish have an optimum weather temperature that attracts them, as well as a maximum and minimum threshold for any area theyâ€™ll be comfortable swimming in. Research different species in advance, to see which temperatures are optimal for the fish your trying to catch. Â Many fish finders and boat navigation systems have water temp on them. Â Many radar systems also have a temperature gauge killing to birds with one stone.
Use the correct tackle
Twisting lines and snagged baits will make it hard to attract fish, so be sure to adequately match the tackle to your method and bait selection. Your tackle and trolling methods should always match the species you seek- this is one of the most vitalÂ tips. Â Keeping a variety already loaded on your boat will let you switch if a particular species are not biting.
Wear the right fishing gear
From rain gear in case youâ€™re caught in a storm to sunscreen in case the sun pops out, itâ€™s always important to bring proper clothing so that yourÂ fishingÂ experience is as comfortable and safe as possible. Â This includes lifejackets, towels, and sunglasses. Â If possible you may also want to install rod holders on your boat to keep a couple lines out at once.