A Few Freshwater Fishing Tips

Fishing in Small Streams

Newbie anglers are often surprised when I recommend  keeping a low profile when fishing in these waters.  The axiom is:  ‘If you can see the fish, the fish can see you!’

Dress for the occasion in mustard, beige or yellow clothing.  It is harder for the fish to notice these colors.

Although fish do not have ears (as we know them), they can tell humans are near by the stomping of anglers, shouting, loud talking, revving up boat motors, etc.

Since there are fewer fish in small streams, you don’t want to spook the ones available!  It may take hours before they return to your site.

Is This Your First Time Fishing in a Large Stream? Some Hints.

Fishing in a Large Stream

Fishing in a new area?  One of the best ways to scout a new large stream is to move around and try to find the deep holes.

Have a GPS device?  It’s the ‘new fangled way’ to mark holes and/or great fishing spots for future use.

Fish like to use features of the body of water to their advantage.  For example:  Predator fish like to hover in piles of debris (collected logs, rotting trees & branches that may have piled up in the water.

Predators like to hide in weeds, holes and behind submerged boulders — waiting for their next meal to stroll by!

Look around for structures where fish may hide.  One of my favorite fishing locations is to drop my line near an exposed boulder.

If I can get my line in the right place without snagging it on submerged logs or rocks, I have a very good chance to catch a bigger fish (that is preying on smaller fishes).

What amazes me is that I can continue to harvest fish from those rocks for some time.  When I catch one predator, another takes its place.

Fish are nervous creatures.  Instead of moving around in the open areas of the water, they prefer to use the underground structures.

I guess it is because no matter how big a fish you are, there’s a larger one looking to invite you to be their supper!


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How Do Underwater Structures Affect Fishing?

Knowing About Under-ground Structures Helps You Catch More Fish!

This article is a continuation of some interesting points in Tim Lilley’s book, Ultralight Fishing. *

The previous article is here:  Catching Fish with Ultralight Tackle

Lilley takes pains to explain the value of having a topographical map of any body of water you plan to fish.  Each body of water has unique structures that will affect fishing.

Structures That Affect Fishing

Topographical maps show “the lay of the land” — in this case — underwater.  The map will show shallow areas versus sharp drop-offs (into deep pools).

This is important because fish move into deep pools when the shallow water gets too warm and they stay in deep pools during cold weather (because it is a consistent temperature).

Smallmouth Bass are notorious for living in submerged rock piles.  If your topographical map indicates a rock formation, it’s an area that you can investigate.

Fishing Underground Structures

Most fishing books talk about finding predatory fish.  Why?  If you are going after a predatory fish, he’s larger than his supper, thus a bit higher up the food chain.

Also, since these predators are looking for a “meal deal,”  they are hungry and likely to attack an attractive bait or lure.

Your task is to figure out what he’s in the mood to eat  — and serve it up on the end of your line.

Using Your GPS While Fishing **

When you are successful in a day’s fishing, it’s a great idea to use your GPS** to mark any hotspots you find.

Lilley also makes a point that with a GPS device, you are never really lost on a large body of water (or anywhere else).

Matching Lures with Structures

Lilley’s suggestion for fishing around a deep drop-off is to use a plastic worm.  He lets it free fall to the bottom.

Because it only weighs 1/4 ounce,  it will take a long time for the worm to drop, thus having the lure in front of  fish for the greatest time, while the fish decides how to react!


Next Time: More about Fishing Around Underground Structures


* Ultralight Fishing, Tim Lilley, Creative Publishing, 2005.

** GPS = Global Positioning System.  A device to mark your good fishing spots.  These systems use the space satellites  to mark the coordinates of a spot (longitude and latitude).  It’s a snap to find them again later.


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