White River Trout Fishing Tips

Arkansas White River continues to attract trout fishing enthusiasts. Its cold water is an amazing spot for fishing rainbow and brown trout. The tailwaters from Bull Shoals Dam in the middle of the towns of Lakeview and Bull Shoals, Arkansas are stocked with 9-inch rainbows that do not seem to discriminate bait. The river is truly a rich source of rainbows and all that a fly fisherman has to do is to get through them and look for the perfect fish.

Most large trout hide off the current. They usually take these pockets of water as their sanctuary. Stocked trout fish look for these currents and seem to flourish in the waves. Brown trout however remain your best bet as a trophy fish. They can easily be caught undercover in still and calm waters. You can also put your bet on 20-inch rainbows that ordinarily stay away from the dam.

Searching for the kind of trout you are looking for can both be exciting and fun. You paddle across the water in search for them, except that you are not allowed near the dam where the turbines are turning. When you paddle away from it, rise in water is ordinarily preceded by alert sirens as a warning that water levels may be rising.

Most experts will tell you that you can easily catch big trout in pockets of water as the river expands out. These pockets of water can be found on both banks where you can see tree stumps, up until the end of the trail. Near the right side of the river or towards its southern part, you can as well find some gently flowing flats. Along these areas, big trout can be found.

A two-pound brownie will prove to be a fight. Along with your natural strength, throwing a muddler minnow near these stumps will give you added power to strip it back. You will notice that there are grasses hanging over the flats and when released, the trout will be there looming larger than life.

Also, you are advised not to try a black PT. Some natives have already tried this but without success. The best way to do this is perhaps to go to the hare’s ear. Casting rods, on the other hand, will prove to be a difficult task. You may have to cast them a couple of times until the nymph can get through the overhanging grass.

Catching your prized trophy requires persistence. Always watch out for the best indicator before you make your strike. You must understand that a successful battle with your rod is half the challenge.

These spots in the White River are quite a rich source of trout. But finding and catching your prize will prove to be a difficult task, unless you have the required persistence and an eye for where you can best get your trout.

Resorts abound along the White River. Some fly fishermen stay in these resorts while taking their time in their hunt for trout. One of the best resorts in the area is White River Inn. It provides everything fly fishermen need. It is located a couple of miles downstream from the dam.

Source by James Field

If You Want to Catch More Fish, Learn To Think Like One

Yes, you can leave your fish catching success to chance, but if you want to catch more fish, you must learn how to think like the fish you are trying to catch. Consistent success and fishing enjoyment is more than just baiting up your hook, casting it out and waiting for the fish to bite. This one basic premise will improve your fish catching ability and will set you apart from the fishing novices. How do you think the fishing pros are able to consistently catch fish when other fishermen do nothing but drown their bait? They use the same fishing tackle, rods and reels, fishing lures and live bait as everyone else, but they always catch more fish.

You will catch more fish!

That little teaser should have caught your attention. However, learning how to put this technique into practice takes time, patience and persistence.

Let us start at the beginning. How do you learn to think like a fish? For starters, pick one of your favorite target fish species and begin to learn everything you can about that fish. It is important to understand things like, how it feeds, how it moves around each day, what are its migratory and breeding patterns, what kind of habitat it prefers, what type of fish or food source it feeds on, just to name a few. Also important to understand is how the current, tides and moon phases effect your target fish species’ activities and habits.

One way to start learning how to catch more fish, is to learn how to find your target fish species under any circumstances. Visit your local fishing tackle and bait stores. Get to know these people, because often they will have a broad knowledge of the fishing in that area. They can be a great source of fishing knowledge and how-to tips of not only learning where to fish, but also the why and how of locating fish. Instead of just asking them where the best fishing spots are, also ask questions about your targeted fish species. Try to learn what makes the fish tick, and what are it basics habits and tendencies. You will be amazed at how willing most of these folks are to share their expertise, especially if you are returning the favor and patronizing their store.

The next thing to do is to go fishing. Prepare yourself ahead of time with the proper fishing tackle, lures, bait and a notepad. Start in an area known to hold your targeted fish, and make notes about the current conditions; including, the date, time, wind direction and speed, temperature, tidal flow, water conditions and any other specific notes you feel like making. The most important thing is to start thinking like the fish you want to catch. Ask yourself, where would you be hiding and moving to. For example, if it is a real hot summer day, and the current is slack, and a low tide, the fish may not be up on the shallow flats. They may be looking for cooler water, so they may have moved to some deeper pot holes, or slid off a ridge or shallow bank and eased into deeper waters. Keep looking and when you find the fish, make more notes. The old saying that practice makes perfect is certainly true when it comes to catching more fish consistently.

To help you along, learn your local fishing waters and fishing grounds. Locate the ‘fishy’ areas and mark them on your GPS unit. If you do not have a GPS, then buy a nautical chart, or fishing chart. Locate shoreline points, eddys, potholes, sandbars, oyster bars, rock piles and submerged structures, and over time you will learn which places to go to depending upon the current conditions you are faced with, and that will make all the difference in your fishing world.

1 Bass Fishing Method That Has Worked Well For Me Many Times

In this article I am going to explain the tactic I use for catching largemouth bass in Springtime. I know of no other activity that brings so much excitement as does largemouth bass fishing in the Springtime!

First step is to choose the lure! For this tactic it’s best to use rubber/soft lures. I personally prefer to use something with lots of action, yet lightweight so as to not make a big splash when it hits the water. My choice of baits is a 6″ salamander/lizard. I have used rubber worms to some degree of success but nothing compares to a salamander with curly legs. I usually choose dark colors for the murky waters. Pumpkinseed, watermelon or just plain black (in that order)are the most producing. A nice shiny one will work if you happen to be in a gravel pit or other lake that tends to keep crystal clear water.

Now find some good, strong worm hooks (The bigger the better IMO). Eagle Claws are my personal favorite because they tend to be thicker and stronger than other brands. Make sure you use a strong one! The skinny wire ones are nice to look at and have a nice feel but they just don’t normally have the strength to hold onto a 6+ pound largemouth. Also make sure you get worm hooks and not straight shank hooks. I prefer the ones that start to curve out and away directly after the eyelet. The type with an 1/8″ straight shot off the eyelet (look kinda like a J)are OK but they don’t seem to really twist and grab onto the fishes mouth like I prefer them to. I lose more fish by using those type than the more curvy type so I just avoid them altogether. After all, there’s no worse feeling than to set the hook on what feels like a submarine only to have it throw the empty hook at you the first time it breaches the water.

Now what you want to do is take your salamander and run the tip of the hook right into the middle of it’s head from the front toward the tail. Sort of like you would be running it right into it’s mouth if it were live bait. Once you’re into the worm about 1/8″ or so bring the hook out through the bottom of the salamander. Push the hook all the way in until the eyelet is covered by rubber and then flip the hook over and set the tip back into the salamander’s belly. You should now have a virtually weedless salamander with the hook acting as sort of a sail fin underneath. This is the perfect way to hook a rubber salamander for this tactic of bass fishing, you’ll see why in a bit.

(THIS NEXT STEP COULD INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF STRIKES YOU GET BY A LOT…IT REALLY COULD MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE AND I CAN’T ENCOURAGE YOU ENOUGH TO DO IT!)

Now comes the last and arguably most important step of all in preparing for water entry. Make sure you have some glass rattles! If you don’t know what I mean then go to your local sporting goods store and ask for soft bait rattles. They’re basically a short 1/2″ or so glass tube sealed off at both ends with a couple tiny steel BBs inside. I recommend the glass ones 100% over the plastic ones you can get. If all you can get are plastic rattles then it’s better than nothing but glass rattles make a sound that the bass just can’t resist! Take a rattle and shove it into the head of the salamander, just behind where the hook comes out. I know people who put them into the body of the lure but I believe it works better in the head.

Now that you’re all set and baited up it’s time to hit the water. When you cast make certain that you give your bait time to sink to the bottom! Cast out and wait until your line goes slack and you will be on the bottom.

Now that you have your bait on the bottom of the lake what you want to do is just give it a little jerk. Jerk your pole straight up to bounce your bait off the bottom about 4″-6″. Not a hard jerk like you’re setting the hook but just a little one to give the salamander some movement. This is where putting the rattle in the head instead of the body comes into play. If it’s in the body then the BBs just rock back and forth in the glass tube giving a small bit of sound. In the head though, the BBs will slam into the end of the glass when you jerk and then again when the lure hits the bottom giving it much more sound to carry through the water. This sound appears to attract Bass very well in my experience!

Now just wait and watch your line! Do not real your line at this time! Just wait!

Watch your line for about 20-30 seconds and see if it moves. If nothing hit it then you should have a slack line and that’s how you want it. This gives the fish a little room to move with the bait. The more they can move with the bait the more they trust it to be real and therefore the further they will gobble it down their mouths.

After the 20-30 seconds has passed give it another little jerk and again, wait! Don’t reel your slack in because you want to have a slack line. As long as your line is loose and has slack the bass usually will not drop your bait! (I have let a Bass run around with my bait for several meters without jerking and they usually do not drop it until they feel the tension on the line.) The slack line offers you time to get prepared to set the hook.

Repeat the jerk and then watch your line for 20-30 seconds until one of 2 things happens. Either you will get a hit or you will reach the bank.

When a fish hits, your line will either just do a little bounce and drop or it will start running out. If he has it in his mouth he’s going to run with it and he usually will not drop it until he feels tension on the line. What I like to do now is let him run out a little ways. Sometimes I will even pull a little extra line off my reel while the line’s still loose to give him more time to run with it and therefore more time to get it further into his mouth.

Once you decide he’s run far enough with it let him pull until the line is nearly tight and then set the hook! Don’t reel any of the slack in, let the fish take it out until it’s tight and you just get ready to yank your rod!

When you set the hook make sure you come straight up over your head as hard and fast as you possibly can! You want to make sure you’ve got that hook pushed all the way through his mouth. Then real him in. Of course there’s more to be told on how to land a largemouth bass but I’ll save that for another article.

Now you know one more way to catch largemouth bass in the springtime! If you’ve tried everything else and you just can’t get them to bite, give this a try and your day might just get a little better. Of course I would never guarantee you’ll catch fish because once they hit the rest is up to you!

This is a technique I use frequently and have had quite a bit of success with it. In fact, I rarely Bass fish using any other technique in the Spring because I like this so much. However, that is not any sort of promise and shouldn’t be construed as such. Try this technique and see if it works for you. It does for me….that’s all I’m saying!

Source by Scott Beach

Fishing – The Perfect Pastime

Fishing is one of the most popular leisure sports in the world. It is a popular pastime and people of all ages and dispositions like to spend time waiting to catch a fish. Large populations all around the world are employed in the fishing business, as fish are one of the most traded in commodities in the global market. Here we are not going to talk about commercial fishing, but about recreational fishing.

Types of recreational fishing

Depending upon the gear used, recreational fishing can be divided into two categories:

1. If one uses a pole with reel-able line and bait or a lure of some kind on the end, it can be called pole fishing.

2. Another type of fishing is fly fishing which is like pole fishing, but uses a whipping motion to act like a fly above water and the reel is on the very back end of the pole.

Family-Owned Fishing Charter

Whether you are new to fishing or an old pro, you would certainly enjoy a fishing tour. Darwin Reef ‘n’ Wrecks are a family-owned Darwin fishing Charter Company located in the top end of Australia. On their Top End fishing charters, you can do Barramundi fishing , deep sea fishing or reef fishing. Fish the Darwin Harbour or the outer reefs up to 100m offshore with Darwin Reef ‘n’ Wrecks fishing charters. They have many years of fishing experience in the tropical waters of the Northern Territory coastline and they offer barramundi fishing trips to remember. Their speciality is giving you the ultimate fishing charter available in the magnificent tropical Top End waters of Australia.

Whether your goal is to land a barramundi or a premier light tackle sport fish or a prime-eating reef dweller, Darwin Reef ‘n’ Wrecks covers the lot. From fishing as an individual or family to a conference group, party or corporate, Darwin Reef ‘n’ Wrecks can cater to all your needs. Their wide variety of fishing experiences caters to all levels. This family-owned company prides themselves on providing a fishing experience never to be forgotten and an exceptional opportunity to make the catch of a lifetime. To know more about Darwin Reef ‘n’ Wrecks and to book a fishing trip of a lifetime, drop by their website at www.darwinreefnwrecks.com.au.

Source by Tim Barrels

How To Catch Walleye In Kentucky

Walleye can sometimes be an elusive creature that forces anglers to think outside the box when trying to catch one on a line. Some days walleye hang out near the top of the water surface. Other days, they are content to lurk in the dark reaches of the water depths. Hiding behind large rocks and gravel overhangs for protection. It all depends on the day and mood of walleye. This white, flaky fish is suited for cold water in the medium water depths with gravel, sand or rock bottom surface.

Kentucky offers up a wealth of lakes and rivers that are home to walleyes of every shape and size. During spawn season, which occurs in early spring, walleye make the trek from the lakes into feeder streams. Other spawning areas include shallow clean surface bottoms that lie within tales reach of deeper waters. Walleye prefer murky water conditions with virtually no current.

One of the best lakes in Kentucky for fishing walleye is Dale Hollow Lake. This 28,000-acre lake is home to big sized walleye. Although the average is four pounds, there have been reports of walleye in excess of ten pounds or more coming from the waters. Situated along the Tennessee-Kentucky border approximately five miles south-west of Albany, Kentucky, Dale Hollow Lake is part of a hearty walleye stocking project. This results in flourishing walleye habitats that produce bigger size and quantities of the fish.

Other great Kentucky lakes for walleye fishing include the Green River Lake that is approximately two miles south of Campbellsville, Kentucky. Located in the central portion of the state, this lake is 8,200-acres in size. Another fantastic walleye hotspot is Lake Cumberland that produced the state record walleye weighing in at 21 lbs 8 oz. Located in the south-central portion of Kentucky, this lake is a massive 63,000-acres in size.

Outside of these, there is Laurel River Lake, which is 6,000-acres and located a mere two miles west of Corbin, Kentucky. Finally, there is Nolin River Lake for Kentucky walleye fishing. This 14,500-acre lake sits in the west-central portion of the state. In addition to lakes, Kentucky boasts a number of impressive rivers for walleye fishing. Some of the more notable ones include Worley and Blue Heron rivers.

The best times to fish in these rivers is nighttime during good moonlight exposure. With the right bait, walleye begin chasing what they think is a shiny minnow moving through the dark waters. Another river hotspot is the Joe Shoal. Sitting approximately one mile downstream from the Blue Heron Coal Mining Community Museum, this river reels in ten to thirteen pound walleye.

Source by Daniel Eggertsen

Fishing Boats – Escalure Fishing Tackle

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If you’re a first-timer and you want to purchase fishing boats in a hassle-free way, there are some tips that can help you out. These tips can be very useful when you are selecting the right fishing boat for you.

It is always advisable to put into consideration the role that the fishing boat has to play. We all know that the fishing boats’ main function is to be utilized in fishing activities. But prior to your purchase, it is necessary to take into account some other purposes.

Do you intend to use your fishing boat in the ocean, lakes, or in other bodies of water? Before buying, it is always good to consider the place or the setting where you will be using your fishing boat. Another important consideration is the time your fishing boat will be used. Are you going to use it for day fishing and day trips or for fishing activities overnight? If you are planning to use your fishing boat for overnight fishing in the ocean, it is better to choose a fishing boat that features a hull. Fishing boats like these are made specifically for rough waters. They promise more comfort due to their ability to ride with the ocean’s waves.

Moreover, your budget definitely matters. Fishing boats can be costly so it is important that you know how much you want to invest for your boat. You should also ask if the fishing boat that you want to buy has a warranty. Since warranties are not uniform across dealerships, brands, or even the time of the year, you need to carefully scrutinize the warranty that comes with the fishing boat you wish to purchase.

Aluminum Fishing Boats

Aluminum fishing boats are growing more and more popular these days because of the many advantages they have over those that are made from fiberglass or steel. Aluminum fishing boats are typically more resistant to corrosion, rot and leaks and they are more power-efficient. Aside from that, aluminum fishing boats are also stronger and are easy to fix and repair once they get damaged.

It is true that you need more bucks in purchasing an aluminum boat but it will pay off in the long run with much savings in fuel, repairs and upkeep and maintenance and towing. Aluminum fishing boats are ideal not only for fishing but also for your recreational activities. They can be used if you want to cruise with your family, whether in fresh or salt waters.

Aluminum fishing boats are good for individual fishermen because they are really easy to manage. This type of fishing boat has a high strength-to-weight ratio making it easy to carry by just one person. It is also easy to load on an ordinary vehicle and set into the water when you are ready to use it. Another factor that adds to the aluminum fishing boat’s versatility is that it is easy to upgrade. This boat allows you to install some features that you may want.

Also, you can’t question the durability of an aluminum fishing boat. They sport a solid construction with metal pieces welded along the boat’s seams which prevents water from getting inside and makes joint disconnection less likely to happen. Unlike fiberglass fishing boats that usually shatter, aluminum fishing boats withstand impacts by means of deforming into dents or dings which can simply be hammered out.

An aluminum fishing boat is undoubtedly a good investment. Because it is lighter, it requires a smaller motor that require less fuel to operate. Talking about maintenance, an aluminum fishing boat just needs regular cleaning and not routine maintenance like waxing. With its many advantages, an aluminum fishing boat is truly of great value.

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Inflatable Fishing Boats

Have you ever considered an inflatable fishing boat, rather than a traditional “boat”? They cost much less money, and are extremely portable. If you’re looking for a boat, it may be time to give and inflatable boat a look. There are kayaks, personal pontoon boats, and motor mount boats that all come in inflatable versions. Seriously, there are even inflatable boats that you can mount small engines onto.

Personal pontoon boats are a wonderful way to fish a river. They offer speed and versatility that walking and wading can’t even compare to. With the aid of a personal pontoon boat, a person can cover miles and miles over river in a few short hours. These inflatable fishing boats offer an angler the ability to explore water that otherwise would go un-fished. This is especially true in the west, where rivers experience much less fishing pressure than other areas of the country.

Inflatable Kayaks can be wonderful for running rivers with a heavier flow. As a matter of fact, some inflatable Kayaks can be used in up to class 4 rapids! It’s true, although I would suggest that only experienced boaters try running rapids of this caliber right off the bat. Inflatable kayaks can be wonderful for those of you who fly into remote fishing camps. They fold up small enough to fit right on the float plane with you. Inflatable kayaks are also great for campers, seeing as how the kayak will fit into a backpack, so that it can be carried with you. Yep, if you like to hike into remote lakes, an inflatable kayak might be perfect for you.

There are even inflatable motor mount boats. My family has an inflatable motor mount boat at our cabin in northern Canada. We also have a small 5 horsepower motor for our inflatable that pushes the boat around quite well. Then when it’s time to leave, we simply deflate the boat and store it in the basement until the next year. It’s a beautiful system. The cost of one of these motor mount inflatables is considerably less than a traditional boat that can easily cost into the high thousands of dollars. We find our inflatable to be a cost effective alternative.

Inflatable boats come in all shapes and sizes in this day and age and offer boaters added conveniences that traditional boats just don’t offer. If you’re in the market for a boat, it may be time to give inflatables some consideration. A quality inflatable may make boating necessary for many people who thought that boating was beyond their budget.

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