Winter fishing is considered a fulfilling outdoor activity for many enthusiasts and adventure-seekers. The cold weather brings out many different types of species that are not found in other seasons. It is also the time when many species in the freshwater group together, making the catch even more interesting. Some of the fish you can find are the bluegill, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, white perch, and more. Never let winter pass without trying to sail with your fishing tools ready.
Be familiar with the best fishing spots
Experts say that winter fishing is also about knowing where to find fish. You can utilize your skills by interacting with the community and asking around. Crowdsourcing in social media may also help. Moreover, you can also check out various websites from the Internet about local lakes during wintertime, which types of fish they offer, creel limits, and best angling for particular species.
Avoid waters with high current predictions
Some of these websites can provide you with detailed information on lake levels and current flow figures. The current, as with any fishing adventure, affects one’s safety and the chance of succeeding on the trip. Remember that in winter time, conditions are different and overflow ones are usually limiting for your chances of catching a good fish. It is thereby imperative to avoid bodies of water with high current or predictions of these scenarios. It can be dangerous to fish at these levels. However, you can find freshwater areas that stable conditions during the winter.
Plan trips prior to a cold front
Of course, you need the best of the environment to enjoy winter fishing. However, it is still necessary to consider weather patterns. Stay tuned and keep yourself updated on forecasts and bear in mind that the ideal fishing conditions may require you to step out of your comfort zones. Generally, many winter fish species are active before a cold front and then they dwindle in activity after such. Therefore, make the most of the experience by planning your trips prior to the cold front passing.
Know the best fishing times
In winter, the ideal time to catch is between 10 in the morning and four in the afternoon. You can have ample time to prepare early in the morning as you wake up, in terms of setting up your equipment and gathering your resources.
Set up the equipment well
Then, don’t forget your gears. Winter fishing may need you to calibrate the equipment so they are strong in the midst of the environment. First, make sure that the reels are in the best conditions. Grease the reels with oil if you are using them again from your last summer fishing expedition. It is important when landing the fish on the hook and if you are looking for alternative options, you can invest in repair shops that do the maintenance.
Your checklist should include waterproof and insulated boots, fingerless gloves, insulated pair of gloves, handmuffs, parka, stocking hat, insulated socks and more. During the winter, it is also important to use a smaller lure size to adjust according to the different metabolism of the fish during this season.