Tips and Techniques for Northern Fishing Trips

Tips and Techniques for Northern Fishing Trips

If you’re planning a big fishing trip into the northern region of the United States or anywhere in Canada, it’s useful to know what actually works for catching the fish you’ll find there. Freshwater fish that are common in the north are walleyes, muskies, trout, and cod, among others. The following tips and techniques can help make your next big northern fishing trip a successful one. Use these, and the big one won’t get away this time.  

•   Learn how to properly use cranks and jigs. These are especially useful when trying to catch walleyes.

•   Cranks come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and diving capabilities. Learn which fish prefer which ones.

•   The type of jig you need to use depends on how deep the water is. You should use a 1/8 ounce jig for water less than ten feet, a ¼ ounce jig for water between ten and twenty feet deep, and a 3/8 or ½ ounce jig for water over twenty feet deep.

•   Always remember patience is essential. The longer you stay, the better your chances of catching something.

•   Make certain you’ve brought everything you need. Always be prepared.

•   Know the rules and regulations regarding fishing in the areas you will be. This can save a lot of time, frustration, and even money in the long run.

•   Do not choose a spot at random. Know where the fish will be. One technique is to position yourself where the water begins turning from shallow to deep, as fish like to congregate in these areas. Another good choice is somewhere mossy, which offers fish ample room to hide.

•   If you are fishing for muskies, many people use a technique where they make a figure eight after casting their lines. This entices muskies to strike at your bait.

•   Practice casting your line off to the side instead of to the front to reach those hard to reach spots.

•   Make use of both artificial and live bait in order to attract a wider variety of fish.

•   Research before you go. Know what types of fish you are likely to catch in your given area, how those fish are best caught, and what fishing techniques are allowed or illegal in the area.

•   Try to plan your fishing trip so you will be at your chosen spot early in the morning or later in the evening, as this is when the majority of fish are most active. If you can stay all day, that’s great. If you only have a few hours,  you are more likely to catch fish at these optimal times.

The above tips can ensure your northern fishing trip is as successful as possible.  Use them, and you’ll have a large catch at the end of your trip to bring home. Remember to bring freezer bags and an ice chest for transporting your fresh fish home.

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