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Buying Tips for Getting into Ice Fishing

Buying Tips for Getting into Ice Fishing

Are you thinking of getting into ice fishing? If so, you will be riding a growing wave. That’s because ice fishing is more popular than ever. Gone are the sit-on-a-bucket-and-freeze-your-behind days. Instead, modern ice fishing is largely about toasty pop-up shelters, high-tech fish-finding electronics and […]

Tips for Choosing the Best Fishing Rods for Trout

Tips for Choosing the Best Fishing Rods for Trout

If you’re searching for the best fishing rods for trout, your selection will largely depend on the style of fishing you intend to do. To help you decide, here are a few questions that may lead you to the category of trout fishing rods that’s […]

A Quick Guide for Beginners: How to Fly Fish for Trout

A Quick Guide for Beginners: How to Fly Fish for Trout

Learning how to fly fish for trout is a nationally-beloved pastime, growing wildly in popularity with the rise in the number of fly anglers. Another contributing factor is that anyone with access to a suitable stream, river, or lake can try their hand at fly fishing for trout for a fairly low investment. Of course, there’s all types of gear available, but to get started, you’ll need a fly rod setup, an assortment of flies, and a landing net.

1. Fly selection.

The fly you choose is equally as important as your cast (almost!). Flies are intended to imitate what trout are feeding on in their natural habitat, typically insects or baitfish. It’s important to assess the season and what trout are feeding on in order to select flies with a greater chance of success. There are several categories of flies to choose from.

2. Perfect your cast.

One of the keys to fly fishing for trout successfully is in an effective cast. You must be accurate enough to land the fly where you desire so that it drifts past the trout in a natural manner. Mastering these fly fishing techniques for trout comes with study, practice and experience.

3. Master the presentation.

Presentation is the mechanics you employ to make a fly appear realistic to a trout. To do this effectively, you need to understand how the insect or baitfish your fly is mimicking actually moves and behaves. Then mirror it. You control this by how you twitch the rod and strip the line.

4. Setting the hook.

Once you’ve actually convinced an obliging trout to bite, set the hook quickly. To do this, lift your rod tip over your head and tighten the line between you and the fish. The key is to hook the fish securely so you can reel it in and release it safely.

As you learn how to fly fish for trout, you’ll pick up on nuances and learn to make adjustments to improve your capabilities. Most importantly, have patience and enjoy the experience. If fishing for the first time, be sure to get your fishing license before hitting the streamside. Enjoy!

Where are the Best Ice Fishing Places?

Where are the Best Ice Fishing Places?

Determining the best ice fishing places can be difficult because there are so many ice fishing destination options across the north. However, looking over lists of best ice fishing places in the U.S. on the internet, there are several things that these locations have in […]

How to Use an Ice Auger for Hard-Water Fishing

How to Use an Ice Auger for Hard-Water Fishing

If you’re just getting started in ice fishing you should know that it all starts with a hole in the ice, and that there are a number of ways to do that. I’ve cut ice holes with a spud, hand auger, gas auger, and chainsaw. […]

What’s in my Tackle Box? Lures for Beginners

What’s in my Tackle Box? Lures for Beginners

As a beginner, picking out the right lure for the right fish can be a challenge. You likely have a handful of lures in your tackle box and aren’t quite sure what they are used for. In this article we explain how to use five fundamental fishing lures for the most popular species in freshwater.

Crankbait

The crankbait is a universal lure to target multiple game fish like bass, pike, walleye and trout.

  • Use a crankbait to search for fish by casting in various locations
  • To mimic a wounded bait fish, reel down 5-7 turns, then pause and repeat
  • To mimic a swimming bait fish, reel in at a steady pace

Spoon

Spoons reflect sunlight and vibrant colors to call in fish from afar. Larger spoons are used for aggressive fish like northern pike while smaller spoons are used for weary fish like rainbow trout.

  • Cast out and wait a few seconds for the spoon to sink
  • Reel in moderately-fast to swim the spoon above the weeds
  • Always keep the spoon moving to reflect light and colors

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Fundamental fishing lures from the Tailored Tackle Freshwater Fishing Kit

Plastic Worm

Artificial worms are a popular option for bass fishing because they can reach shady areas where bass lurk.

  • Target shady spots below docks, in weed beds, and under branches
  • Rig your worm weed-less to limit snags
  • Bounce your worm against the bottom while rigged with a weight
  • Slowly swim your worm along without a weight

Spinner

Spinning lures are ideal for trout because they call in roaming fish with a combination of vibration and light reflection.

  • Cast and retrieve the spinner at a gradual pace a few feet below the surface
  • The blades vibration calls in trout so always keep the spinner moving
  • Spinners will catch bass, perch and panfish too

Curl Tail Grub

A grub on a jig is your primary lure to catch fish of all species and sizes. The grub is small enough to trick panfish, yet lively enough to entice a bite from bass and walleye.

  • Match your grub color to live bait: white for minnow, black for leech, brown for worm
  • Fish along shoreline transitions, ideally off a dock or bank
  • Bounce the jig along the bottom in 1-2 ft hops
Fun Things to Do On Weekends

Fun Things to Do On Weekends

When family schedules start to get a little too hectic, make it a priority to get outdoors for some weekend fun. In other words, change the pace by breathing in some fresh air, learning more about nature, and making new memories outdoors. If you are […]

Ice Fishing Gifts You Can Feel Confident About

Ice Fishing Gifts You Can Feel Confident About

So there’s an ice angler in your life, you’d like to get him or her a present related to that winter sport, and you need some ice fishing gift ideas. As a former ice fisherman (there’s no fishable ice where I now live), and someone […]

Ice Fishing License Information

Ice Fishing License Information

In the northern U.S., potential ice fishing time is rapidly approaching. It is a whole different ballgame, with safety considerations being an initial concern. While you are shivering and awaiting the formation of at least four inches of ice, make sure your ice fishing license hasn’t expired.

Yes, a fishing license for ice fishing is required, but it is not a separate license; it is covered with your standard fishing license. I once heard a frustrated ice fisherman grumble that perhaps there should be a discount for not being able to cast. Although the comment was obviously made in jest, to clarify, any time one simply drops a line with a hook even without a rod, either through an ice hole or off a dock, it certainly still counts as fishing. So, you need to have a current valid license to count as your ice fishing license.

In states such as Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, dates for an annual fishing license are for the standard calendar year, January 1 to December 31. However, other states are seemingly more random with their dates so stay on your toes. For example, an annual Colorado license runs from April 1 to March 31 of the following year, where a Texas license begins in September? But then again, there won’t be much of a need for an ice fishing license in Texas.

If you are new to fishing and wondering how much does a fishing license cost, visit your state’s official fishing website. You’ll also find information concerning a one day fishing pass or longer, as well as non-resident license costs for your guests. Some northern states have incorporated free fishing dates into the ice fishing season. This might be a way for someone to avoid the issue of a fishing license for ice fishing prior to purchasing a license for times when the water is in more of a liquid form. For example, North Dakota is December 28 and 29th, while Wisconsin is the third weekend in January (18-19), and Maine is February 15-16.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.

10 Wildlife Conservation Resolutions for the New Year

10 Wildlife Conservation Resolutions for the New Year

You may already have a list of resolutions started with the hopes of sparking a few new positive changes in your life. Although, instead of resolving to hit the gym more frequently or vowing to end late night snack sessions, include wildlife conservation to expand […]


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