Local Fishing Spots
Finding good local fishing spots in your area can be a frustrating experience, but it can also be a lot of fun. Think of your search like a treasure hunt. Your goal should be to find the perfect fishing spot that is convenient for you to get to that other anglers have to discover. Depending on your location, it could be in a hidden pond, in shallow water, or a spot in a big lake where you’ll be able to catch bigger fish. Finding agood fishing spot can be challenging because everyone who shares your hobby is also on the hunt. But the thrill of finding a great spot will be well worth it once it happens.
What are some of the best ways to find the perfect fishing opportunity?
Think technology can’t help you find the best places to fish? Think again. Google Earth is one of the most valuable tech tools available to you as an angler. Google Earth gives you a broad overview of your area and the bodies of water nearby.
This doesn’t mean that all of them are going to be great for fishing, of course, but it does mean you’ll have a starting point. You’ll know how far off from the parking area or street the water is and whether or not it’s near a reservoir. You’ll get a general idea of how populated the nearby areas are, which might give you some indication of how crowded and overfished an area might be. You might also get information about flooded cover, high spots, shallow areas, and more with Google Earth.
If you’re just getting started with fishing in an area or you’re new to an area, using Google Earth is a great way to get the lay of the land and figure out what you’re working with.
If you want to take the old-fashioned route or you’d like to have more than one tool, using maps to find great fishing spots is one of the most basic and effective options you have. There are even a few high-tech options to help you study maps if you aren’t up for going to your local library for information. Some of the maps available online are high-definition, so you’ll see contours and depths and other clues that can help you scout out great fishing.
Look for Funnels and Pinch Points
One of the best ways to find great local fishing spots is to know where fishing tends to be better in any area. Certain geographical features increase the odds you’ll have success.
For example, it’s a good idea to look for areas that narrow, so fish have less space to move through. Whenever there is a higher density area where fish accumulate, you’re more likely to be successful. It’s for this reason that bridges are such a great place to fish. They tend to cut off areas within a body of water and affect migratory routes. Fish often spawn near bridges, which means there will be plenty around when you head out for a day of fishing.
The more time you spend in an area, even if you are not actively fishing it, the more you’ll learn about things and the better success you’ll have when it does come time to fish. You’ll notice changes in the water throughout the day and from season to season. Exploring your favorite areas and just driving around to various launch areas tells you what you can expect at any given time. You’ll even learn a little about the human behavior around the area and know when to avoid the crowds.
If you’re really serious about finding great local fishing spots, you might want to start a journal or log of your findings. This way you won’t need to commit to memory what you learn about an area – you can just refer to your log. You can even keep track of things like weather conditions, seasonal changes, water temps, and more. Additionally, you can track how things change from year to year. For example, some bodies of water will have the same conditions every spring, every summer, and so on. But other areas will change based on the environment. You might notice that fishing is better in certain areas of a lake or river during years when there are summer drought conditions.
Using a journal also helps you create your own custom maps of an area. You can record whatever information helps you and that you think you’ll use in the future.
Pay Attention to Seasonal Changes and Conditions
We’ve already discussed it in general, but seasonal and weather changes play a major role in helping you find the best local fishing spots in your area. The timing of your area’s rainy season, the temperature changes throughout the year, vegetation growth and bloom, and spawning schedules all matter when it comes to fishing. Paying attention to these things and noting how they affect the fishing in your area can help you make the best decisions about where to fish and when to hit up those areas in the future.
A lot of what you’ll learn occurs by trial and error – just getting out there and giving it a try. But over time, you’re going to build a collection of information that helps you make the most of the time you spend fishing. You won’t have to waste as much time sampling areas that don’t pay off. Of course, that’s all part of the adventure of fishing, too, so don’t be too hard on yourself if it takes you years to assemble a list of the best local fishing spots.
Bringing It All Together
The bottom line is most people use a combination of these tools and strategies to find the best fishing near them. Some people prefer one method over another and that’s fine. The important thing is that whatever you do leads to your ultimate enjoyment of the sport. If you prefer to play it by ear, good for you. Or if you prefer to implement a strategy of carefully detailed notes to help you make your decisions about actively fishing, that’s great too, as long as you are having fun.
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