General Fishing Tips
Here are some helpful general fishing tips that people have sent us:
- Need a new bait for catfish? Try using spoiled deer meat to catch the big cats. This bait always brings them in.
- When bluegill fishing in the summer try this rig. Use a small slip bobber and place a weight about 1 inch from the hook. This takes your bait to the bottom. Watch the cork, it will move just a little when you get a strike. Try this and you can catch bigger fish.
- To keep terminal tackle from roaming around your tackle box, try strip magnets cut to fit in each compartment desired. (Warning: Too thick or too many magnets may cause lures and other tackle to stick in undesirable places.)
- Tired of hooks and weights rolling around in your tacklebox? Try stowing them in empty 35mm film containers. You can store jig heads, hooks, weights, beads and a variety of tackle in them.
- A basic selection of spoons for trout fishing should include these colors:gold, silver, red-white and black-white in sizes from 1/4 - 1 ounce weights.
- When bass fishing clear water, use more natural colored baits. Also use a more erratic retrieve.
- When bass fishing in stained water, use colorado blades on your spinner baits. They give off more vibration. The fish easier locate your bait.
- Water temperature is a key in catching crappie. In the spring find the warmest water possible. The crappie are near by.
- Early season crappie are usually not far from their spawning beds. Find an area with brush and/or trees then find a near by drop-off and you will find the crappie.
- A good method for catching crappies in the fall is to find a depression or cavity on the bottom. Crappies like to hang out in these places. Look for them in deep and shallow water.
- Smallmouth bass are deep water fish by nature. Look for them in depths of 15 to 35 feet, except during spawning seasoning when they will bed in water 1 to 10 feet
deep on hard bottoms.
- A good place to find brown trout on cloudy fall days is out in the open along gravel bars. This is the type of bottom brown trout use for spawning.
- You must be versatile when fishing for largemouth bass in the fall. Don't be afraid to try fishing different depths, all types of structure, and types of bottoms. If it looks good, fish it!
- When panfishing, use very light line. Use the lightess line you can get away with for your conditions.
- When fishing for bluegill in late summer and early fall, fish wood cover if available. Stumps, snags and stickups give them places to feed on insects and small minnows.
- When the bass are hitting slow, use smaller baits with a natural color.
- When fishing deep timber for bass, try fishing vertically with a jigging spoon or a weedless plastic worm. You can avoid a lot of hang-ups by fishing this way.
- When fishing top water baits, hold your rod low when it is close to you and high when farther away. This gives the best action to your lures.