The salty ocean may be filled with different sea creatures just waiting to be captured, but there’s also great excitement to be found in freshwater fishing. In fact, some fish species can only be found in freshwater. If you’re not used to this type of fishing, it will surely give you a whole new experience you might yearn for every now and then. To guide you, here are a few tips when it comes to fishing in freshwater.


Like with any other type of fishing, being prepared is the most important thing to remember. No fishing trip can be successful without some planning. Put together a list of everything you’ll be needing. All your fishing gear must be neatly organised. Getting a bag for your bait also helps. Make sure your fishing gear is in excellent condition. Hooks must be sharp, and lines must not have any cuts or damages. Remember to only pack the absolute essentials, so leave that third pack of beer at home!


Bigger isn’t always better. When it comes to freshwater fishing, using a smaller boat often comes with more advantages. Maneuvering through a tiny stream or creek with a large boat can prove arduous. A kayak or canoe will be better suited for the job. Of course, for a more sizeable body of water, a bigger boat can do the trick. It may even be more appropriate, especially if you want to get from point A to point B much quicker.
Some anglers might prefer fishing from the shore. This is fine, too. However, if you want to get in the middle of the water where the fish are more likely to bite, a boat is more desirable. As a bonus, it can get you away from the busy crowd and finally give you some peace and quiet.


When choosing your bait, it’s vital to think about the fish you’re trying to catch. Visualise the size of your chosen fish’s prey, then find a bait that matches its proportions. For live bait, anglers can use worms or wax worms, which are better for freshwater fishing. Minnows are also a good choice of bait. More unconventional types of bait include leeches and grasshoppers.


You’ll think that sunny days are good for fishing in freshwater. On the contrary, fish may not bite when the sun is too hot or bright out. A lot of freshwater fish also have an ideal water temperature. They may not want to swim in areas that are too hot or too cold for them. The best temperature varies on the type of fish you’re trying to catch, so it’s advisable to do some research before your freshwater fishing trip.


It might sound absurd, but washing your hands before fishing is a very good tip. Freshwater has a low level of salinity compared to saltwater, and fish have a sharp sense of smell. Any scent they don’t recognise might turn them off, so be sure to wash your hands before you handle your fishing equipment.

Fishing in freshwater isn’t all that hard. With a little patience and the right tools, you’ll be able to do it without much problem. Following these simple tips will help get you started, so take a break from saltwater fishing for a while and try the fresher side of fishing. Try my tips and I bet you will end up with more fish in your boat.



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Peter Williams

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