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Month: July 2015

Fly Fishing Trip: The Colorado Rockies

Fly Fishing Trip: The Colorado Rockies

Tom Keer 7/29/2015 Walk through the Denver airport in July and August and your odds of seeing anglers heading out on a fly fishing trip are good. Folks from all over the country arrive in Denver and then travel throughout the state in search of […]

Carp Fishing Trip

Carp Fishing Trip

Andy Whitcomb 7/28/2015 It is a rare body of water that does not contain the common carp, so every fishing trip could be a carp fishing trip. The presence of carp is not always a good thing but it looks like they are here to […]

Don’t Overlook These 5 Places to Fish

Don’t Overlook These 5 Places to Fish

You may think that big cities and landlocked locations don’t have the same types of productive fishing opportunities that coastal areas do. If that’s the case, it’s time to change your thought process when considering new places to fish. Check out the below five places to fish across the U.S. that are worth further investigation. Each place mentioned was voted into the 2015 list of America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots.

 

  • Tropical Park, Miami, FL. Families who enjoy freshwater fishing should plan to visit Tropical Park in Miami (number 70 on the list of “America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots”) and “test the waters” at Tropical FMA, the northernmost of three lakes located within the park. The lake is twelve acres in size with clear water and a shellrock bottom. The abundant native and exotic vegetation create habitat for fish such as channel catfish, sunfish and largemouth bass. The park is easy to access by taking the Florida Turnpike to the SW 40th Street exit, and then traveling east to Tropical Park, which is on the south side of the road. For additional information about fishing in Tropical Park call 954-791-1025.

  • Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks Echo Park Lake (number 23 on the list of “America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots”) with rainbow trout from winter through early spring, and with catfish during the summer months. There are also populations of largemouth bass, carp and bluegill in the lake. As with any new places to fish that you decide to try, be sure to check the state regulations in advance of your visit. Echo Park is located NW of downtown Los Angeles. From Highway 101, exit on N. Alvarado Street and go north to W. Sunset Boulevard. Turn right and then right again on Glendale Boulevard. Turn left on Park Avenue and follow Park Avenue to the park entrance. Call the city of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks at 213-847-0929 for details.

  • Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, TX. You and your family can fish for sunfish, catfish and several species of bass at Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, Texas (number 64 on the list of “America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots”). Not only does the lake offer a variety of cover and structure for fish, the scenery at the park makes an ideal backdrop for all of those #FirstCatch photos. There are two fishing piers, fish cleaning stations, and a boat ramp at the park, making it easy for visitors to fish by foot or by boat. The park is located nine miles west of Burnet. Take State Highway 29 to Park Road 4. Go south three miles to the park headquarters. Visitors can call the Texas Parks and Wildlife District Fisheries Office at 512-353-0072 for more information.

  • Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, Kewanee, IL. Johnson Sauk Trail Lake is a 58-acre lake in Kewanee, Illinois, that is located within Johnson Sauk Trail State Park (number 75 on the list of “America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots”). The lake boasts high populations of species such as largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and bullhead. There are a number of fish attractors that have been installed on the lake to enhance the fishing experience. In fact, even muskellunge and northern pike have been released in recent years. Fishing at Johnson-Sauk Trail Lake is permitted by boat (electric trolling motor only) and along the shoreline. For more information, call 309-853-2425.

  • Two Rivers State Recreation Area, Waterloo, NE. Trout fishing is the main attraction at Two Rivers State Recreation Area (number 73 on the list of “America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots”), located southwest of Venice. The 622-acre recreation area features 320 acres of water in several sandpit lakes. When the family is ready to take a break from fishing, there is also an unsupervised swimming beach and concession stand. Call 402-359-5165 for additional information or details.

  • Now that you have five new suggestions on places to fish across the U.S., make sure that you have a current visitor or resident fishing license in the state where you plan to fish. Be prepared for your trip by purchasing your daily, short-term, annual or lifetime fishing license today.

    Photo Credits: Tropical Lake Park, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Johnson-Sauk Lake, City of Kewanee, PhotoPicks

    Where to Fish: Ponds and Lakes

    Where to Fish: Ponds and Lakes

    Tom Keer 7/22/2015 Anglers looking at a new, expansive body of water like a pond or lake will wonder where to fish. Here are five ways to demystify the process and put a bend in your rod. Structure All fish like structure because it provides […]

    How to Maximize Family Fishing Time

    How to Maximize Family Fishing Time

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    5 Family Fishing Selfies We Love

    5 Family Fishing Selfies We Love

    What do you do when you’re out on the water, having a great time with your family and you want to “capture” the moment to remember forever? You take a family fishing selfie of course! I mean, it’s pretty much impossible not to love a family fishing photo that has a group of people, all crowded together to fit within the camera lens, with gigantic smiles on their faces.

    On that note, I am in complete support of a movement to start circulating more family fishing selfies online. C’mon and join me! I’ll even get you “warmed up” by sharing the below photos that were sent to me by my fishing friends.

     

    1. The “we’re on the way out and are super psyched” selfie. Jeff Norman shared this great photo of the entire Norman crew as they were heading out to fish on the

    2. The “I got the camera, you hold the bass” father-son selfie. Craig Tabor’s son caught a nice largemouth bass while they were on a fishing trip together. This special occasion certainly called for a father-son selfie with the bass strategically positioned front and center.

    3. The “couples that fish together, stay together” selfie. It might seem like you are just fishing friends at first, but a lasting bond can be created when couples start fishing together. Just ask Tyler Trampe and Sara Kalmerton who started fishing together… and are now engaged to be married! Congratulations to Tyler and Sara!

    4. The “my fish is almost as big as me, so I can’t squeeze it into a selfie” photo. While this photo doesn’t technically fit into the “selfie” category, I still had to include it. If Jennifer Pentico could have fit her entire wahoo into a selfie, it would have been a family picture that included her husband, Robb. Instead, Robb had to take a break from driving the boat in order to serve as photographer.

    5. The “three generations of fishing family members” selfie. Danny Rodriguez shared this family fishing selfie that he took that includes three generations of the Rodriguez clan. Photos like these prove that, no matter what the age difference, fishing has a way of bridging the gap and bringing family together.

    If you’re in the process of planning a family fishing trip, don’t forget to use the helpful links in the Fishing with Your Family section at TakeMeFishing.org. You’ll find vacation planning resources, family fishing activities, and tips for fishing with kids.

    Photo credits: Jeff Norman, Craig Tabor, Sara Kalmerton, Robb Pentico, Danny Rodriguez


    Debbie Hanson

    Debbie Hanson

    Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.

    2015 Fishing Statistics

    2015 Fishing Statistics

    Bruna Carincotte 7/17/2015 The 2015 Special Report on Fishing shows important fishing statistics. Over 46 Million of people are hooked on fishing in the U.S. which shows that fishing remains among the most popular outdoor activities for adults. Another great fishing statistics found in the […]

    Family Fishing Trip

    Family Fishing Trip

    Tom Keer 7/15/2015 For the past week I’ve been on a family fishing trip. We didn’t go to an exotic location visited by very few anglers (though that would have been cool!). Instead, we hauled our boat to the public ramp that is three miles […]

    Night Fishing Trip: Same Place, Different Results

    Night Fishing Trip: Same Place, Different Results

    If you are looking for new places to fish, try your regular fishing holes… in the dark. A fishing trip at night is a whole new ballgame. With much of your vision hindered, other senses like touch/feel and hearing must step it up.

    Here are three reasons to try a fishing trip at night:

     

    1. Less fishing pressure. If you have avoided a location because it is shoulder-to-shoulder during the day, you will probably find a greatly reduced crowd on a fishing trip at night. In a recent Bassmaster magazine issue, Elite Series Pro Jason Williamson shared that his preferred 3 hour window of summer bass fishing is at night due to “less boat traffic and cooler temperatures.”

    2. Different fish. You may notice that larger fish show up to the party. Even on heavily pressured areas during the day, large bass or brown trout now may lurk and hit with confidence. In his book, Rising Trout, Charles K. Fox wrote: “they just don’t seem to believe that any fisherman is out to fool them at that time.” Some species such as flathead catfish and walleye may seem absent during the day, but become the dominant species when the sun drops below the horizon.

    3. Pure adrenaline. As if catching a fish wasn’t enough excitement, now there is the additional mystery of what could be tugging on the end of your line in the dark. And was that an armadillo in the leaves behind me or was that something larger? Topwater lures twitched along the surface during a nighttime fishing trip can be a hoot.

    When you venture out on a fishing trip at night, stay safe. Take a friend, or at least let someone know where you are going even if the place is familiar during the day. Bring a flashlight and a backup. And another backup. Bug spray can be critical to combat annoying insects but avoid getting it on your hands and adding unwanted scent to your bait. Be patient and don’t rush your movement or casting. And don’t forget to notice the stars, the tree frogs, and the fireflies all doing their best to add to the ambiance.

    Have you gone on a fishing trip at night? If so, what did you catch? Check out our interactive map for other great places to fish near you!


    Andy Whitcomb

    Andy Whitcomb

    Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”…  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie.”  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.

    Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well…

    And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.   

    5 Things Anglers Should Never Do On a Fishing Trip

    5 Things Anglers Should Never Do On a Fishing Trip

    Debbie Hanson 7/12/2015 Ever been on a fishing trip with a friend, and then see your friend start to shake his or her head at someone fishing in the same general area? If you are a new or beginning angler, you may have had to […]