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Where To Go Fishing
When you go fishing for the first time or if your taking a new person fishing, it is important everyone has an enjoyable experience. Therefore, find a pond, lake or stream that is safe and easily fished. As you learn and advance your skills, new challenges can be introduced; however, always include the safety equipment required for the new situation.
Choosing Where to Fish
Some fishing areas are better than others. The quality of fishing depends upon the waters productivity, the fish species present, and the size of the fish present. Productive water has more fish than unproductive water; up to a point, the greener the water is, the more productive the water. In some waters, undesirable fish compete with desirable fish. Fishing is better in a lake with a high proportion of the right size fish. Check the fishing forecast for predicted hot spots.
Habitat is the key to fish survival, and fishing near habitat will result in more bites. Stumps, weed beds, and man-made fish attractors are all good examples of fish habitat. During summer, fish can be found near fishing or boating docks, as they prefer shaded areas.
In streams and rivers, anglers focus on riffles, the swift areas that bring food into the deep, slower portions. Fish congregate in this area and feed more actively as water begins to rise and carry more food.
Also you should try areas that fish use for resting. Fish rest in areas where the current is slowed by rocks, trees or in eddies near the swift water.
attracts fish in reservoirs as well as in streams. Current flow
rates are higher under bridges; therefore, bank fishing from highway
bridge approaches or near bridges from a boat can be good.
areas below dams are called tailwaters. As fish migrate up river to
spawn, they sometimes encounter a dam. Since many fish are migrating
together, fish are concentrated. Fishing can be very good farm ponds
at specific times of the year. Caution should be used in these areas,
including the use of life jackets. If fishing these areas from a
boat, maintain appropriate distance from the discharge areas for
safety and as required by law.
Private ponds, streams and rivers are often excellent places to fish. The permission of the owner is required to fish water when you are walking on private property. A few simple courtesies will help you get invited back.
If you desire to keep any fish from a stocked pond, ask how many, what species, and what size fish you may keep.
Ask the owner if they would like any of your catch.
Ask before you bring anyone with you.
Do not litter.
Close all gates behind you.
Larger lakes are normally managed by public entities. Public access points allow anglers boating and fishing access. For more information, contact the information division of your state fish and wildlife agency.
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