Fly fishing is challenging and requires practice just to be able to propel an essentially weightless lure forward. However, anglers who are interested in fly fishing in Illinois, or anywhere for that matter, have many fishing options available. Trout usually are what many anglers think […]
Month: July 2019
Every summer, as water temperatures heat up, certain types of bacteria become more prevalent in our warm marine waters — particularly in states where water temperatures stay above 55 degrees year-round. One type of harmful bacteria known as Vibrio vulnificus (flesh-eating bacteria or necrotizing fasciitis) […]
Austin is the state capital of Texas and a city renowned for its eclectic live music scene. Many people visit for the nightlife, attractions, or shopping, but did you know there are also many great places to go fishing in Austin?! That’s right, there are many lakes, rivers, and ponds where you can catch bass, catfish, stripper, crappie, perch, and even rainbow trout. When planning your next Texas adventure, consider these six great places to go fishing in Austin.
1. Mills Pond Recreation Area
This pond is a welcome escape from the bustle of the city. The pond is well-stocked with catfish and can be fished from the onsite pier, shoreline, or a non-motorized boat.
2. Red Bud Isle
This hidden gem is well-known for catching large largemouth bass and gar. Its close proximity to the Tom Miller Dam generates a lot of water movement and bait, therefore productive fishing. It’s also a dog park so you can bring your furry friend along.
3. Lake Austin
Lake Austin is known as one of the great places to go fishing in Austin for many species of fish including bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and gar. It’s rumored that trophy bass can often be reeled in on this large lake.
4. Mansfield Dam Park
Located at the head of Lake Austin, the Mansfield Dam area is a great place to catch largemouth bass, especially when the dam is open and the water is flowing. It’s also a state park with amenities that make this one of the best fishing spots to spend a day at.
5. McKinney Falls State Park
With camping, waterfalls, hiking, and fishing, this park is perfect for a weekend getaway. Set up camp at one of the park’s many campsites and spend days fishing for bass, catfish, and sunfish along Onion Creek.
6. Guadalupe River
If you’re looking for where to fish in Austin for fly anglers, this river is ideal for casting flies to rainbow trout. Consider going in the early morning to avoid the traffic of floaters and kayakers.
Now that you know where to fish in Austin, be sure to get your state fishing license as anyone over the age of 17 is required to have one. Happy fishing!
Debbie Hanson 7/24/2019 If you’re planning to visit some inshore saltwater spots this summer, there are a few warm-weather fishing basics for beginners you should consider. If you’re new to saltwater fishing, you may not realize that when the water temperatures heat up, fish often […]
Summer is a great time to plan a fishing and camping adventure, but there are many states that have great camping during other seasons of the year. Here are some of the best states for fishing and camping spots. Missouri – Summer This state has […]
If you’re new to fishing, you may not be aware of the conservation-related benefits that come along with buying a fishing license.
While there are a few circumstances that may allow you to go fishing without a license in California (such as on free fishing days or when you are fishing from a public pier in ocean or bay waters), why limit yourself to these situations? Besides, your fishing license purchase helps contribute to conservation efforts.
Check out these five specific reasons why buying a fishing license versus fishing without a license is a smart move for conservation.
- Your fishing license purchase helps contribute to conservation through educational and recruitment programs. As more people take up fishing, there is a larger need for public education on topics like species identification, conservation, regulations, and proper catch-and-release techniques.
- Funds from your California fishing license go toward improved boating and fishing access. This can include new boat ramps or upgrades to existing facilities.
- Fishing license funds support long-term conservation plans for state waterways. This includes funding for important research projects conducted by state biologists to maintain the natural balance of our ecosystems as well as fish stocking and hatchery programs.
- One hundred percent of license fees go directly toward conservation and restoration — not twenty-five percent, not fifty percent… one hundred percent!
- Having a valid state fishing license is the law; unless it is a state-designated free fishing day, you are under age 16, or you are fishing from a public pier (according to California fishing regulations, check for updates). This means that fishing without a license can result in a fine or penalty.
Since you know why purchasing a fishing license versus fishing without a license in California (or in any other state) is important, get your fishing license today and help support the conservation of your state’s aquatic resources.
When you share a passion for the outdoors with your favorite person, fishing vacations can be one of the best ways to reconnect while making new memories together. You can find fishing vacation packages that cater to all levels of experience in a number of […]
At the end of a day of fishing, nothing is more enjoyable than frying up and eating a trout you and your children have caught on your own. One of the best ways to share that experience is to take your kids to a local trout pond, where they can fish for stocked trout.
Get your Bait and Fishing Tackle
A trip to a local bait-and-tackle store will help you acquire the basic tools you and your kids will need to catch trout—an inexpensive spin-cast rod-and-reel combination that comes with fishing line already on the reel, hooks, split shot (weights to get the bait down to the fish), and a bobber (when it dips beneath the surface you know a trout has taken the bait).
This store will also sell worms, the best live bait for you and your kids. Have the clerk show you how to bait the hook. It’s a very simple procedure. Make sure to buy a stringer as well. This is a metal chain or rope that holds caught fish in the water (to keep them alive) until it’s time to go home.
Let your Kids catch the Fish
At the pond, bait the hook for each kid. Then bait your hook. Have everyone cast the baited hook into the water. When the bobber goes under, tell them to reel in the line. When the fish surfaces, you take it in hand and remove it from the hook. Re-bait the hook and have them cast again.
When you and the kids have caught enough fish to eat, haul in the stringer and then gut the fish for them. They can learn how to do this for themselves later. Dispose of the entrails properly (there should be a garbage can nearby), place the fish in a cooler, and head home.
There are many ways to fry fresh-caught trout, but one of the simplest is to roll the fish in a cornmeal-flour-egg batter and slip it into a skillet of hot oil. Cook each side for three to four minutes and then place on paper towels. Fried potatoes make a great side dish.
When you’ve finished cooking all of the fish, invite everyone to sit at the table while you serve up one of the best meals they’ll ever have. The memory of that meal will last a lifetime and will surely have your kids asking you, “When can we do this again?
If you are a mother with little fishing experience, but who has kids who want to learn how to fish, you might at first be confused by all the different types of gear available to anglers. No need to worry. Basic trout fishing is really quite simple. The best place to start is to go to takemefishing.org. The site has information, tips, and tricks designed to help you get started.