Live Bait Fresh Water Fishing Tips
Freshwater fishing is different than saltwater fishing because the species of fish are entirely different. Freshwater fishing can be done on every continent across the globe. If you enjoy fishing from a boat you’ll enjoy freshwater fishing. As long as the body of water is big enough and it’s allowed you can take a boat out on it.
So, lets get started on some tips to think about before getting started.
- When fishing in a freshwater lake or pond you’ll want to get a map of that body of water. This will let you know what and where the different depths of the lake or pond are. Along with that it may also show you locations of sunken man-made fish piles are.
- Use a slip bobber, it is a common and easy way to setup when fishing in freshwater. A slip bobber is basically a bobber with a hollow hole going through it. This allows you to tie a knot and a stopper above the bobber. The knot allows you to decide where on your line the bobber stops, thus allowing you set any depth you want without have to sacrifice casting quality.
- The best types of live bait to use in freshwater are worms, minnows, wax worms and shiners. Ultimately you’ll want to use whatever live bait is best for the species of fish you’re trying to catch. Some other types of live bait that are also used are leeches, frogs and other odd ball type bait.
- Keep your hands clean. Fish have a good sense of smell and any foreign scent on your bait can turn them off.
- The majority of freshwater fish species have specific water temperature and weather that they prefer. You’ll want to research the specific fish you’re trying to catch to figure out the best times and water depths to catch them.
Fishing is a great hobby but like many hobbies you need to follow specific precautions to keep yourself safe. You always need to have the proper fishing license, if you’re caught fishing without them you could get stuck with a steep fine. If you plan on wading in a pond, river or lake make sure to use a wader belt to prevent water from rushing into your waders if you stumble. Always use life jackets when fishing on a boat and don’t forget the sunscreen and sun glasses since water can magnify the effect of the sun.
Now, I think you have the basics of freshwater fishing with live bait. So, go out and have a little fun.