Better Fishing by Reading Mother Nature
Guest blog on fishing by Billy the AMFisH guy.
Everyone who enjoys fishing has had both good days and bad days on the water. Sometimes you can’t do anything wrong and sometimes it’s as though there are no fish at all. In this post we’ll look at tips to help you identify what kind of fishing experience you might be in for, either at Island Lake or your favourite fishing spot.
It’s important to take a few minutes to look at what nature’s doing that day. This can tell you a lot. If the water is very calm, there are no birds flying around, you see groups of waterfowl sitting in one spot not moving, no crickets making noise, no wind and no squirrels out and about – nature is telling you that things are low key and it could be a tough bite.
If you see a lot of activity, like fish breaching the surface, slight wind and waves on the lake, birds flying around and feeding on the water, insects making all kinds of sounds and small animals running about – nature is telling you there is a high activity and fishing should be quite good. Calm water will occur from time to time no matter if nature’s activity level is high or low, so you need to focus on all your surroundings to understand the conditions.
On high activity days you should be able to locate and trigger some fish strikes. On low activity days you will need to rethink your strategy for the day and fishing could be quite tough. On high activity days, use fast moving baits to find active fish quickly. Spinnerbaits work well in this scenario. When activity is up, fish move around following their food source.
During low activity days, fish may not move very much and may take shelter under docks, deep weed lines or any safe area where they can sit tight. In this scenario you’ll need to drop something right in front of them to entice even the smallest chance of a strike. Good bait choices in this scenario would be slower presentation style baits with minimal action, like soft plastic worms or live bait. Live bait will adapt their activity level to the current conditions.
If you catch a fish, look for more signs of what might be going on that day. Take note of the time, location, if you caught it in deep or shallow water, the bait you used, how fast you were moving the bait and how hard the fish struck the bait. If the bait is just hanging by one hook on the edge of the fish’s lip, it is likely barely reacting to the bait and just nipping at it. If the fish has the bait all the way in its mouth, it’s likely feeding time, which doesn’t last too long. Be sure to take advantage of that feeding window! If a fish jumps out of the water while it’s hooked, that’s another good sign of a high activity day.
These tips can help you get more in tune with Mother Nature when you head out to fish!
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