1 GO WHERE THE FISHES ARE

Choose a location where you know you will enjoy long hours outdoors, and a place where you will have a big chance of catching face. The best choices are usually public lakes, ponds, and rivers. A good tip is to talk to other fishers in your town, or in your sporting goods shop. Recommendations from pros can really go a long way.
  • A lot of local parks have fish in ponds that are available for people to fish. This is the best location for beginners, because of its relatively easy conditions. However, it tends to be overcrowded in these places, and often dirty.
  • Secluded ponds or lakes outside of town are also ideal fishing spots. If you are exploring the woods for a private place to fish, you have to make sure you are not encroaching on someone’s property. Some places are off-limits for fishing.
  • Another great option is ocean fishing. However, you would need a separate license for fishing in the ocean, and the equipment that you will be using have to be appropriate for catching fish in the ocean, though the fishing techniques are mostly the same.

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2 RESEARCH ON WHAT KIND OF FISH PEOPLE CATCH IN YOUR LOCATION

There are newspapers that have fishing reports for local spots that will tell you what fishes are available and what they bite on. A good tip is to ask people in angling shops, and where the fishers go.
  • Probably the most common catch is the catfish which abound in rivers and lakes all over the US. Blue catfish, flathead catfish, and Channel catfish are usually caught for consumption. Keep your eye out for deep water at the mouth of rivers, and creeks, and look for sudden drops. These spots are where the catfish reside. However, they will go to deeper water when the weather becomes warmer.

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3 RESEARCH ON WHERE THE TROPHY FISHES OR EATING FISHES ARE

If you want to catch an alligator gar, you’re not going to find it when you’re fishing in New York. If you want to go all the way with your hobby, you have to know where the fishes you want to catch are. Certain fishes only live in specific spots. You’ll have to set up plans to go to certain regions to catch a fish that only lives in certain types of water.
If you head out for the Great Lakes region, you will find that walleye are quite popular there. In addition, Northern Pikes swim there too. A popular spot in the area is Lake Huron where you will find these large catches.

If you head down south, you will find gar and bowfins that are common in swampy areas. Also, flounder and perch are commonly caught here. The Henderson swamp in Baton Rouge is a good spot for Gar. If you’re looking for many kinds of fishes, then Lake Pontchartrain is a great fishing spot for you.

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Alligator gar – Atractosteus spatula

4 LOOK FOR AN AREA WHERE DEEP WATER MEETS SHALLOW WATER

Most big fishes will spend most of their time in the deep water, and then come to the shallow parts to feed. They are not going to spend a lot of time swimming in the shallow water, but you want to find these places when they do. Grab the opportunity before they swim back to the deep areas.

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5 FISH AT THE RIGHT TIME OF DAY

Did you know that freshwater fish usually come out to feed at dawn and dusk. This makes sunrise and sunset the best times to fish. This is perfect for early risers. However, if waking up to the sound of your alarm at 5 in the morning is unthinkable to you, you can opt for an sunset fishing setup.
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