There are some good lake fishing tips for beginners to keep in mind. They’re a great fish to get your kids started fishing, and can be found in most freshwater lakes.
Trout are most easily found in cold, freshwater lakes. They are also found in moving waters like creeks and rivers. This means your gear and line should be light.
Heavier lines are more visible to the trout, and less likely to get a bite. The absolute heaviest line you should be using is the six-pound test line, though four pounds is preferable.
For the larger trouts, they will likely ignore any bait or lure which looks like an insect. Most large trout are more likely to eat smaller fish and worms than they are to go for insects.
Fish fed in hatcheries would have grown up on a diet of feed pellets, so Powerbait and others like it will work if you’re near a hatchery, but not while fishing wild trout in lakes.
The best option, then, is live worms. Failing that, use tubes, swimbaits, or worm imitators. Larger insects like crickets will work for small trout under a foot long. Trout are also notorious for raiding salmon nesting grounds, so salmon eggs are another option.
Trout fishing is best during feeding times when other fish and insects are most active. As mentioned, they often spend time around salmon hatching grounds to catch a bite.
The best times for trout fishing are the warmer seasons. For summer, early morning and late evenings are when the trout are most likely to be active. In spring and fall, dusk and dawn are the best times to fish.
Weather also has an impact on your fishing. An overcast day means that both the fish and the insects it feeds on will be closer to the surface of the water. The ideal weather condition for fishing is actually when it’s raining.
The oxygenation of the water, caused by the rain hitting the water’s surface, will bring the fish up closer to the lake surface and increases hatch activity.
The rain also causes a temperature change to the water, which also accounts for the increased activity. Humidity, which is common before or after a thunderstorm, has the same effect.
A windy day can affect fishing negatively since it makes it harder to aim your cast, and can lead to broken lines and frustration.
Barometric pressure can be good if it’s in gradual flux throughout the day, but bad if it’s a more dramatic drop. This will cause the fish to stay away from even the most tempting food.
Trout is a great fish for the beginner. It’s a common freshwater variety that can be simply caught with very little gear. With the tips outlined here, your fishing expeditions are bound to be a success, no matter what your experience level!