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Tips on How to Fish in a River

EllaParkerAug 20, 2017, 8:31:29 AM

Fishing in a river is undoubtedly more challenging than working on a lake. Lakes are quieter than streams, and so you may not have to contend with rapids or unlikely terrain before hitting a good spot such as those in rivers. This also makes them one of the most exciting spots to fish at. They are also shallower which gives you the advantage of seeing the fish every once in a while. Here are a few tips for beginners who planned to go for fishing in rivers, for further fishing tips and guides you may check JustGoFish.com

Visibility is Everything

Fishing in rivers is so much fun especially when bass fishing. You need to make the most use of clarity since most river fish such as bass prefer good visibility. Look for places where the water is very visible, and you will have landed a good sport. Bass prefer to chase sport, so the water also doesn’t need to be too clear for them to work your bait as well.

Get Polarized Glasses

Polarized glasses will help if the river is not well visible. These help you to spend lesser time looking for the fish. Polarized glasses are ideal for beginners that have not learned to spot fish in low visibility areas and conditions.

Take Advantage of Banks in High Waters

Flooded banks are some of the best places to catch bass. These fish will prefer shallow waters since they do not swim deep into the water. Working the banks will see you catch some excellent fish especially in flooded seasons. Ensure that the river bank is shallow enough while providing the much needed for the fish to maneuver.

Weedy Areas are Gold

Fish loves spending time around weeds both for hiding and food. They also use these areas to breed seasonally. Finding a weeded bank is similar to a jackpot. You will most certainly find a good catch in these regions. This makes river banks some of the most fruitful areas. Bass will avoid struggling with currents most of the times, and so an eddy will be a good place to stop and cast. You are likely to find fish that are taking a break for the currents.

Work Harder on Bait

Live baits are best for the river.  Plopping the bait from the bottom up will give a semblance of moving food. This is one of the best ways to catch bass. Simulating their lateral feeding patterns will also increase your chances while working in a river. It is important that you improve the visibility of the bait in murky waters since most freshwater river fish use sight to follow bait. This means using bring colored bait.

Find Around Islands

River islands provide some of the best spots to fish. The waters in these areas are clearer and much calmer. The flow is more restricted, and most fish make breeding ground in these areas. Find a bank that is weedy and shallow enough, and you’re likely to land big fish.

Use Live Bait

Live bait will work better as compared to other bait especially if you want to catch bass. Using these while simulating lateral bait motions will provide great results. Worms and raw liver will be ideal.

Change Bait Every Other Time

Using the same bait all the time will yield similar results especially if you are working the same area over and over. River fish is more than often open to new meals which are why different bait will work. Use different bait every time so as to attract the active fish.

Know the Law

Fresh Water Rivers are often under strict protection, and so it is important that you take the time to research on this. A license may be necessary, and fishing without one will attract severe fines. Most rivers will also have closed seasons where fishing is illegal allowing the fish to spawn and breed without the interference of humans.

Safety First

River banks and surroundings are also feeding grounds for wild animals such as bears, wolves, snakes and the likes. It is wise that you be on the alert all the time working closely with the authorities. Wear protective gear which includes sunglasses to keeps the hooks at bay. Boots will protect the legs while bug spray will keep the nasty mosquitoes away.

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