The most common type of recreational fishing is freshwater fishing. Especially for people who don’t live in or near a coastal area.
There are about 250 large lakes and over 250,000 rivers in the USA, as well as a vast number of ponds and streams. These water bodies help millions of Americans engage in freshwater fishing.
Freshwater fishing is the easiest to learn, and a fisher may learn and perfect several fishing techniques and methods when learning to fish in freshwater bodies. Despite the smaller size, lakes, rivers, and ponds can hold a wide variety of fish species and sizes.
For fishing beginners, freshwater might prove a better starting point, especially if you are starting on your own. Usually, recreational fishing in freshwater isn’t done using fishnets.
You will need simple enough gear for freshwater fishing: a fishing rod, reel, line, baits, lures, and hooks. Most of these are a one-time purchase, and for baits, you can use worms and small insects found in your backyard or around the lake you are fishing in.
There are certain things you can do to make your freshwater fishing more successful.
- Fish at the right time of the year and the day. In summers, you may want to fish in the early morning and late evening, which are low-light times. Dusk is the best time in spring and fall. Winter is still an excellent time to fish if you live in a warmer region; otherwise, it may provide an opportunity for ice fishing.
- Find out about the species of fish in the freshwater body you are fishing in. You will need to use different bait and lure combinations for different species, so make sure you keep a selection with you. They aren’t very expensive.
- Fish love to stay around covers. If there are weeds, a log, or any vegetation in a body of fresh water, your chances of hooking up a sizeable catch around it are high.