The Complete Newbie’s Guide to Freshwater Fishing

Guide to Freshwater Fishing

If you’re starting from scratch, well, let’s just put it this way: fishing ain’t easy. For people who don’t anything about freshwater fishing, trying to get started with the whole process can seem downright daunting.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here, we’ll steer you the right way and find you the fish you’re looking for by introducing you to what it means to freshwater fish – from A to Z. Let’s get started and talk about the individual aspects of freshwater fishing.

How to Find the Best Freshwater Fishing Spots

eTrex 20Finding where the fish are is the number one priority of any fisherman, no matter how inexperienced. That’s why it’s important that you utilize technology like the Garmin eTrex 20 or the Humminbird HD Fishfinder to find which lakes are hosting the best fish.

eTrex 20 is a touchscreen, palm-sized outdoor navigation tool used to effortlessly track your fish. This super-sensitive GPS contains satellite prediction and 3 axes electronic compass that shows your direction and position. This also comes with barometric pressure that helps you monitor weather conditions. You may want to subscribe to our newsletter for more gadget update to Fly Fishing Waders.

Finding these populated fish spots will not only help train you as a freshwater fisherman but will help you learn about what types of lakes are hosting the best fish – eventually, you may not even need the GPS! (Still, we recommend it for people of all skill levels).

Popular Freshwater Fishing Techniques

Humminbird 410150-1 PIRANHAMAX 4 Fish FinderFreshwater fishing techniques might vary a little depending on the type of fish you’re trying to catch, but on the whole these techniques have more in common with each other than they have differences.

Here are three bait and lure “secret” techniques that beginners love:

  • One of the most popular freshwater fishing techniques is “doodling,” which focuses on fish that typically are after live worm bait – or even artificial worms. In this technique, you’ll let your bait down into the water and then give it a quick jiggle to catch the attention of any potential fish in the area. Every so often, you’ll return to the same rod and jiggle it, trying to simulate the movement of a real live worm that would appear in the fish’s natural environment.
  • “Setting the hook,” in which you give the rod a quick jerk when you’re sure that a fish is biting down on it hard. When you jerk the rod the opposite way of the fish, you can potentially pull the hook through a lot of its flesh, giving your “bite” a much greater chance of turning into a full “catch.”
  • One way you can set the hook is to turn to face the fish and snap the slack out of the line.

Quick Freshwater Fishing Tips

Seniors Fishing - Casting LessonOf course, it’s not enough to have good technique, though that is one of the most important parts of beginning your hobby as a freshwater fisher. You also need to know some good tips and tricks that will help you identify where the fish are – and how to catch them once you get there.

Some of these tips are very simple to remember. For example, it’s important to know that freshwater fish’s movement will actually change during the seasons and at different times of the day because of the temperature. For example, in the summer, the fish tend to come up during periods of light when it’s coolest out – the early morning and late evening. These activity spurts are crucial tips you’ll want to remember as you freshwater fish.

Additionally, a good tip to remember is that catching fish is not all about bait, but about being able to think like a fish and get into their habitat – and find out where they like to feed. The more you can think like a fish and change your strategies to suit specific species, the better.

This quick newbie’s guide to freshwater fishing should serve as an introduction to the sport – and if you think you learned a lot here, you ain’t seen nothing yet.