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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Why ‘Weeds’ Are Important to Fishing

As a beginning angler, I didn’t have the proper respect for the weeds in the rivers, lakes, ponds were we fished.  I thought of them as ‘stuff in the way.’

This posting will hopefully help newbies understand how important all that underwater ‘stuff’ is.

Why Weeds?

In the fish world, there are two roles: eat or be eaten!  Larger fish are looking for smaller fish to eat, while tiny fish are looking for plankton or other invertebrates for a meal.

No fish wants to be a larger fish’s meal; thus, they hide in weeds. Large predator fish lurk in the weeds, waiting for an unsuspecting bait fish.  Tiny fish feast on the bits of food caught in the sticky tendrils of the weeds.

Cabbage Weeds


The Water Around Cabbage Weed is Highly Oxygenated


Cabbage has a thick stock with long, willowy leaves.   Bait fish and game fish call these weeds home.   Whitefish, walleye, largemouth bass and suckers particularly like to hide in these weeds.

Although bait fish think they are safe, pike and other predators lurk in the shadows, hoping to nab a meal.

Coontail Weed Beds


Coontail is Important to Ducks, Fishes, Reptiles & Amphibians

If you are a duck hunter, you probably know about coontail weeds.  They are excellent food for fish and ducks.  As a rootless plant, coontail breaks down and feeds reptiles, amphibians, fish and ducks.

Coontail exists as deep as 6 and 1/2 feet in water (2 meters), and is shade tolerant.  Because it is mostly rootless, it can form dense mats in slow-moving streams and bodies of water.

Fishing Weed Beds

This info is all very good, but how do we use it for fishing?  First, use the beds to your advantage.  Fish prefer to hide in the weeds – rather than swim around – waiting for a larger fish to eat them!

Fish along the irregular weed edges and above submerged weeds.  The deeper you are fishing, the lighter your lure should be.

For example, in deep weeds – where light does not penetrate so well, use light-colored lures: white, yellow, light blue, light green.  In the depths, these lures will appear larger and brighter.

Did You Know?

If you are fishing 40 feet down, your red lure looks black in the dim light.  At the same depth, your orange lure appears dark brown to fish!



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