1. A Perfect Location
The first question that arises in everyone’s mind when fishing is, “where to go fishing?” Yes, it is challenging to look for an ideal fishing spot; however, few locations in the USA including Boise River in Idaho, Bristol Bay in Alaska, Devils Lake in North Dakota, and Bigham River in Montana happens to be great spots for winter fishing.
A change in a location always assists the person to have great fishing experience. Since Maratha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts has been the oldest and top fishing hat in the year, it has become a special and the first choice for all the anglers across the nation.
2. Time is of the Essence
Once the “where to go fishing” is sorted, you must focus on “when to go fishing?” Picking the right time is equally important along with the place. A look at the forecast can easily narrow down the days, which can increase fishing productivity.
The best time to go fishing in winter is when the temperature is lower than normal; most fishes become sluggish and inactive at that time. If no clouds are seen in the sky, it would be advisable to select any other day to fish. The best suitable time frame for winter fishing is between 11 am and 2 pm.
3. Equipment Check
You should have the required equipment for this adventurous day out. Winter puts an extra burden on the fishing equipment. To have smooth fishing experience, carry clean and lubricated equipment along.
Equipment such as a fishing pole, a fishing rod, reel, bait or lures, fishing line, and fishing hooks are a must-have. Reels should be in sound condition, and the fishing line of a small diameter is perfect to prevent the effects of twist and stiffness.
4. Right Bait
Prepare your baits in two ways during winter fishing.
- For the shallow surface and swimming fishes, lightweight bait is ideal
- For fishes that choose to swim in deep water bodies, heavyweight bait is preferred
Your fishing trip would be incomplete without assisting yourself with nice and tasty bait. Some baits perfect for a winter catch are salt, bread, spices, and maggots.
5. Dress Appropriately
The layered dressing is the best dressing for the winter season; a unique style should be adopted every time you go out fishing in the cold. Too much layering may end up in overheating your body; whereas, insufficient clothing may make you fall ill. Wear a good set of gears to make yourself comfortable in extremely cold weather. Take necessary caution so that no part of your skin is left uncovered.
Winter is the most unpredictable, not only in the US but also throughout the world. If you are planning a fishing trip in this season, make sure that you assist yourself with a complete safety list. Do not forget to carry your fishing license should at all times to avoid being behind bars. Keep track of the weather and inform your friends/relatives before going out fishing.