Attention amateur anglers: Fishing season is not completely over. It's true that it does become harder to successfully catch fish once the temperature starts to drop, but that doesn't have to keep you from enjoying the pastime of fishing well into the winter. Just keep in mind that there are certain techniques to follow if you don't want to end up frozen out of the sport, so to speak. Here are some of those:
- Know where to look: As the temperature drops, a basic instinct in fish kicks in that keeps them from moving around too much, allowing them to save energy. Therefore, just sitting out anywhere on a body of water is less likely to bring in a catch than targeting certain areas. More specifically, you should be looking for areas near the shore where the root systems of aquatic plants and trees form clusters that fish are likely to take shelter in. Fish can also be found absorbing energy in sunny areas or hiding in nutrient-rich deep waters.
- Keep warm: Your own instincts are as good as a fish's in this respect — the best winter fishing is done on warm, sunny days, when fish are drawn to the surface by the sun's heat. If it's a frigid grey day, fish are likely to stay at home, so to speak, so do the same yourself.
- Choose the right bait: In cold, clear water, fish are prone to feeding more based on sight, so use brightly-colored or live bait to catch their eye. Pre-baiting a particular section of the lake before you even head out on the water can also help prime the fish for your arrival.