May 31
time to go fishing

Although today’s technology is so advanced that it has created gadgets to help anglers find the exact location of the fish, finding fish using your knowledge, senses and experience is a great skill every angler should have. This will help anglers when they cannot afford fish finders or their fish finders stop working. Using this amazing skill alone, an angler can catch 80% of fish, while other anglers who don’t have this skill are left fishless. Here are a few tips for you to learn how to find where the fish are.

Think of the Water Body as a Desert and Find the Oasis

Just as people are not found on every piece of land, fish are not found everywhere in the water. For example, in a desert, humans live near an oasis i.e. where there are favorable conditions for them to live. If you want to catch a big fish or fish in a big amount, you’ll first have to find the best time to go fishing and then think of the water body as a desert and find the oasis. So, where can be the oasis? Firstly, there should be plenty of food. Secondly, the fish should feel safe i.e. it should get a shelter. And thirdly, other factors like water current, its oxygen content, temperature etc. should be just as the fish needs. These areas normally include weed beds, rock piles, reefs etc. with appropriate water currents. These areas provide the best food, shelter and environmental conditions for the fish to survive. Hence anglers have high chances to get fish there. Especially flooded timber and weed beds are favorite places for fish like Bluegills, Largemouth Bass and Minnows, whereas Smallmouth Bass, Perch and Walleyes prefer rock piles.

Look for Structures

To continue with the tip above, an easy way to find great fishing spots is to find structures. What are structures? These are objects like a fallen tree, pads, dock, submerged objects like branches, coves etc. These provide the fish shelter, protection and food. Structures attract baitfish and baitfish attracts game fish, the fish of your dreams.

Look for Changes in Depth

Fish are attracted towards changes in depth too. Therefore the starting and ends of rapids are great fishing spots because the river current changes from deep to shallow through the rapids, and then returns again to deep. Deeper parts of the river provide slower current for the fish to rest a bit and protection from predators like Eagles, Ospreys and Herons.

If you cleverly find these spots and focus your attention on them, you can certainly get a bigger catch and be a proud angler!