When it comes to lake fishing or sea fishing, every single time you fish could differ for many reasons. A lot of factors are being put into creating a unique experience, thus making you realize how different each fishing trip can be. Maybe it’s because of your mood, maybe it’s because of the equipment you use, maybe it’s because you’re trying to catch a certain type of fish, or maybe it’s because you’re fishing in different waters than the usual.
Fishing in a lake can obviously be different from fishing in the sea. Since the water is different, the environment is different, then by extension your whole experience will be different. There are certain things you should keep in mind while lake fishing, in order for you to have a good time and catch a few fish at the same time!
Especially if you are a beginner, lake fishing is a nice way for you to start your fishing journey. More specifically, it would be easier to start by getting yourself a chair and a lake to start shore fishing, before moving to boat fishing.
Types of Fishes in the Lakes
First off, you should definitely know what type of fish there are in lakes. So, let’s see! In lakes, you can find predatory fish, like largemouth/smallmouth/white/striped Bass, muskie fish, black/white crappie, grass/chain pickerel etc. you can also find prey fish like bluegill, pumpkinseed, red-breasted/green sunfish, shad, minnows and darters.
Choosing a Rod and a Reel for Lake Fishing
When choosing a rod and a reel you should consider them being easy to transfer. Other than that, you could purchase a nice spinning rod -cheap or not- that if used correctly, it will become a powerful weapon for fishing. Also, your reel should be good enough to be able to take on some weight, since there are high chances that you will catch a few larger fish.
Best Baits for Lake Fishing
Your bait could be either natural or artificial. If you prefer natural bait, you could use a medium sized minnow or shad put on a bobber rig. This bait will successfully attract mostly bass or crappies. If you prefer artificial lure, then do yourself a favor and buy soft plastic worms. They can be very good for you to fish on a lake, in contrast to harder types of lures that could be hard to manage and easy to lose. Also, make sure that you always finish your cast. Don’t just reel the bait back in after the initial fall or after two-three times twitching, since you could catch some bass that is following your bait wondering what It is.
If you are willing to go a bit further in order to catch fish, you should also try getting in the water. Wading into the water can help you reach areas that are difficult or have restricted access. Just make sure to always stay safe! You should also try being a bit more aggressive or repetitive with your cast, since that will make the fish react, making them easier to catch.
Another technique you could use is trolling. However, you should beware of the fact that trolling is not allowed in some lakes. If you are visiting a lake where trolling is not considered illegal, then you could try it out. This will help you catch fish like striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and crappie that are either schooling or reacting to seeing the bait pass by them.
Since bass is the fish you will most likely be catching, you should know a few tips about how to attract and successfully catch them:
Here, you have a swimbait that you should move around in the right speed, since moving it too fast or too slow will make the bass disappear. You can twitch the bait either once, 2-3 times or even more times with slight pauses in between.
For flipping you would be using bait such as crawfish, beaver bait, or other small animal type bait. This method is very good for when the fish are holding very tight to cover and refuse to come out when other baits are presented.
This is most likely the easiest technique. It is helpful especially in catching bass. For this, you will be using worm and worm-like bait. The key is to move your bait in a slow, subtle and light matter.
For this technique, you need to have extremely long casts along the bank of the lake or beside the targeted cover. The nicest and most efficient bait to use is topwater frogs.
Finishing off this article, we’re sure you know have proper knowledge of what it’s like to go lake fishing! Whether you are a beginner or a pro, make sure to try out our tips for your next lake fishing trip! Don’t forget to come back and let us know about your experience, in the comments below!