Freshwater Fishing

Welcome to the freshwater fishing section of Fine Fishing Magazine. You will find unique insights, superior images and basic skills from experts like Gary Borger, Jack Samson, Peter Scammel and a host of others. You'll also find tools, such as you can use to improve your results.

We offer basic coverage in English with a spice of other languages to make everyone welcome. I hope you find what you need. If you do not please let me know so I can fill your needs. We've tried to do that with sections that organize our material to load quickly.

This is the place to find the answers to your freshwater fishing questions.  
For your convenience we've divided the material into:

  • How-to: Methods and techniques live here, but you may find more in the saltwater and fly-fishing sections. Let us know if we've missed a how-to topic, and we'll try to get to it. 
  • Where-to: Here's the spot to take a look at locations world-wide.  If your favorite spot isn't here, send us a message and we'll put the spot on our to-do list.
  • Species: Trout, Bass and other species gathered up for your convenience. 

Best Freshwater Fishing Tips

Freshwater fishing is very different from saltwater fishing; it is typically less intense and more relaxed than saltwater fishing. The equipment for freshwater fishing is oftentimes lighter and less complicated than saltwater fishing equipment, for the same reason and because freshwater is easier on fishing equipment; the high levels of salt in saltwater tend to erode equipment faster than freshwater fishing. While freshwater fishing may be less difficult than saltwater fishing, it is still of utmost importance that anglers know exactly what they are doing.

Freshwater fishing is done most commonly in bodies of water, including lakes, streams and rivers with little to no salt content. The approach to freshwater fishing all depends on the mood of the fisherman. An angler can either fish from the shore or they can go out in their watercraft into the middle of the body of water. If they so choose, they can also wade in the actual stream, fish from a bridge over a lake or especially in northern climates, wait until bodies of water ice over and then try their hand at ice fishing. The most common freshwater fishing equipment includes the fishing line, a hook, a fishing pole, and reels come in different varieties. With close-faced reels, open-faced reels, fly fishing reels, and casting reels being equally in-demand. The choice of bait for the freshwater angler usually depends on personal preference; but in general, predatory freshwater fish will go for artificial, live, and cut bait.

New fishermen to freshwater fishing will benefit from learning a few, reliable tips right from the start. While there are many things to keep in mind, knowing just the following tips can mean the difference between success and failure while freshwater fishing.

Being organized while freshwater fishing is recommended. Being organized includes making sure that all of the necessary fishing gear is gathered and accounted for, before heading out on the fishing trip. A tackle box has all the necessary accessories in order to make catching a freshwater fish all the more likely. It also involves taking a bait bag, that was prepared ahead of time, as this will increase the likelihood that the required bait is close at hand when the time comes to cast the line.

Fish in freshwater bodies of water are influenced by the environment; in this case, that means both the moon’s gravitational pull as well as the height of the sun in the sky. Fish will generally be more likely to bite during times when the moon is near key phases. Conversely, sunlight that is too bright may disturb freshwater fish. Excessive wind conditions may cause baitfish to move entirely to the other side of the lake, taking the fish with them and the potential of making a catch. If the conditions near the water are muggy and hot, then the fish may also be less active.

Temperature is also an important factor to consider when freshwater fishing. Freshwater fish react differently based on the temperature of the water and air. They react positively to certain temperatures by behaving in a manner that makes them come to the surface and bite with more frequency. The opposite is true, too: There are certain temperatures that make different species of fish uncomfortable and unlikely to bite. Before heading out to the body of water, research what the optimal temperatures are for different species of fish.

Freshwater fishing is a game of finesse that requires a decent amount of strategy in order to achieve the best results. Knowing these tips and coming to the fishing spot well prepared will make all the difference. Follow the aforementioned freshwater fishing tips, and increase the chances of catching fish.

To learn more about freshwater fishing, proceed to the following links.

· Discover Boating: Some freshwater fishing tips meant to increase the experience.

· South Dakota Fishing: Includes tips for various kinds of freshwater fishing excursions.

· Freshwater Fishing Tips Channel: Offers freshwater fishing tips for numerous kinds of fish.

· Fishing Loft: Site that provides freshwater fishing tips for a number of situations.

· Freshwater Fishing Canada: Offers tips on freshwater fishing for different kinds of fish.

· Thunder Mist Fishing Tips: Tips for freshwater fishing as well as saltwater fishing.

· Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Various tips on how to get the best results with freshwater fishing.

· Take Me Fishing: Freshwater fishing tips intended to increase your chances of fishing success.

· My Outdoor TV: Fishing tips for saltwater anglers that also includes videos.

· Murray River: Freshwater fishing tips for fishing in Australia’s Murray River.

· Fishing Info: Website from South Africa that offers tips for freshwater fishing as well as other information.

· Sea Grant New York: All about freshwater fishing in New York.

· Fishing at Dartmouth: Facts about freshwater fishing rods and other information related to freshwater fishing.

· The University of Rhode Island: Article discussing the safety of eating freshwater fish.

· Fishing in Wisconsin: Freshwater fishing in Wisconsin is discussed.

· American Shad: Discussion of the American Shad fish, which is a freshwater fish.

· Department of Fish and Game: Lists the freshwater fishing programs available in California.

· Division of Fish & Wildlife: All the information available for freshwater fishing in New Jersey.

· Virginia Freshwater Fishing Regulations: Information about regulations for freshwater fishing in Virginia.

· Maryland’s Inland Fishing Hotspots: Details about all the freshwater fishing inland spots in Maryland.

· Department of Environmental Management: Information about freshwater fishing in Rhode Island.

· Bass Pro: Freshwater fishing gear from this retailer.

· What is Freshwater Fishing?: Brief-but-informative introduction to freshwater fishing.

· Mike’s Worms: Freshwater fishing information from an enthusiast.

· Bass Online: Online resource for freshwater fishing in Florida.

· Alabama Five Rivers: Information on freshwater fishing in Alabama.

· Enjoy England: Details about freshwater fishing in England.