Man Fishing In Flooded River

TIPS FOR FISHING IN FLOODED RIVERS

Fishing in flooded rivers may not be appealing to some, but for others, a flood brings many fishing opportunities despite the challenging situation. A flood is going to naturally change the elements of fishing, but don’t let it affect your determination to land a good catch. Here are some helpful tips for fishing on flooded rivers.

CHOOSE THE BANK

A rise in the water levels means more flooded cover as well as an increase in current. As the water on the surface is moving much faster, young fish will choose to stay near the bank where the water is slower and shallower. As soon as the flood recedes, they’ll swim back to the main channel. It may not always be the case, but most fish will remain on the bank where it’s much safer for them.

LOOK FOR AN EDDY

High water means fast-moving water and most fish aren’t physically built to fight the strong currents all day. This means they’ll find a spot that will allow them to rest. While smaller fish may be carried away by the current, the bigger ones will find refuge in eddies while waiting for possible food. Most fish like to stay in slow-moving water while the flood is still high or hide under a structure that can protect them. If you can locate an eddy, you have higher chances of catching fish.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MURKY WATER

Fishing in flooded rivers can be very tricky and challenging, especially when considering how murky the water can get during this time.

When the water becomes muddy, it reduces visibility for both the angler and the fish. But since you’re on top of the situation, you have the upper hand. They’re less wary of anglers because their visibility is greatly reduced.

HEAD TO THE SIDE STREAMS

The side streams are also an excellent spot when there’s a flood. Small feeder streams joining the main river can also be an excellent pick. These small waterways can easily turn into hot spots when the flood raises the water level to a few feet. These areas offer refuge to many fish, and other fish also use this chance to emerge to hunt for food.

USE THE RIGHT FISHING GEAR

Using the right gear is always a priority when fishing, more so when fishing flooded rivers. The current is faster, and the water can be murkier, which can make fishing doubly hard. Use powerful and larger hooks and heavier lines and rods to get those fish out of the flood. To help attract more fish, use big and smelly baits. A bait dropper for feeding is also a good idea. Lures that make a lot of noise are my favourite choice.

Fishing in flooded rivers isn’t always a bad idea. It may be more challenging, but successfully catching fish despite the complicated situation makes the experience even more fulfilling. A flood is going to fundamentally change the course of the water and the current, alter the usual hot spots and also affect the behaviour of the fish. However, with the right gear, the perfect spots and your undeterred determination, no river is too high or current too fast. Fishing in flooded waters is a great way to try new techniques as well as catching more fish. I love it.

 


 

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.