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Fishing 101

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If you’re not catching fish, try…

  • Changing your fishing technique- Experiment with different baits, lures and fishing methods. If you’re not catching anything by fishing on the bottom, snap a bobber onto your line a few feet above the hook and try fishing nearer the surface. Or, if you’re not having any luck trolling, stop and still-fish with bait for a while.

  • Change your fishing tackle-Simply changing lure to another color, size or shape sometimes is all it takes to get the fish biting.

  • Change your fishing location- Move to another spot on the lake or river.  Many fish species feed in particular places, under certain conditions or at different times of the day. Some travel in clusters “schools,” and you may have to move around to find them.

  • Watch other anglers- If someone else is catching fish and you’re not, learn from their success. Maybe they’re fishing deeper, trolling slower, using different bait or fishing a spot that’s more productive. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and try to do what they’re doing. Just don’t crowd in on another fishing party’s spot. 

  • Try another species- If you start out fishing for trout but find they aren’t biting, try for perch or crappie. All fish are fun to catch, but you may have to change your technique or move to a different fishing spot to catch what’s biting that day.

  • Take a break.  Taking your mind off fishing for a while is often all it takes to get the fish biting again!