If you’re an angler, the urge to get into the water and start fishing can be quite strong. However, as any self-respecting angler knows, it takes more than just the perfect tackle box, fishing reel and rod, and the nicest fishing apparel to really get the fish biting. The strategies you use for summer and late spring fishing may not always work when doing early spring angling.
The basic techniques may be similar but if you consider the generally cold water, there may be tips you would like to take note of such as the following:
Go fish whenever you can while keeping an eye on the weather
Early spring fishing is best done as often as possible, as frequently as you can. The more times you get to indulge in your favorite pastime, the better it will be for your chances of bringing home the catch of the season.
Ever heard how the best day of work is nothing compared to the worst day of fishing? That is always true. Imagine, you are near the water, getting as much sun as you can. You have the twittering of the birds as your soundtrack, and your nose is ceaselessly teased by the terrific scent of water plants, fish, and mud.
Should you reel something in, you can have something to enjoy for dinner. What other bonus would a guy want, huh? So go fish, no matter what the season.
Early spring fishing also entails religious weather watching. You will want to fish on unseasonably warm days. Watch out for oncoming weather changes that can hit the water in peak fishing periods of the season.
Use small lures or baits that support early spring fishing
Smaller lures used for slow fishing provide maximum appeal to the fish in the early spring. The cold temperature of the water makes the fish sluggish to a certain degree. Sluggish fish provides less tendency to put up a terrific fight that can entice large target fish but can often help you bag slow and small fish.
If your ultimate aim is to simply catch fish, all you need to do is just fish with baits. A lively yet plump nightcrawler will easily attract nearly all fish to strike any time of the year.
As in everything else in life, patience is a virtue
When you fish in early spring, bear in mind that the fish should be allowed more time before the hook setting process. The colder temperature of the water in early spring has a lot to do with this. The sluggish fish might require a bit longer time to actually get the lure into their mouth.
You lose nothing if you wait a bit longer and give the fish the time they need to really bite the lure fully. There’s no need to hurry the angling process up. Just soak up the sun and enjoy the surroundings while waiting. There’s no telling what wonderful fish you could potentially catch, right?
Look to the sun
The lovely sun can warm the early spring water really quickly in the shallower sections. Fish will want a piece of that warm spring water, so they will swim towards that section of the river or lake. The lesson here is to observe the sun and then look for areas where the water is shallow.
For sure, you’ll be able to bag the fish getting their share of the warm water there.
Be at the ready
When angling in early spring, you may end up being in muddy water stirred up by the frequent fall of rain. Therefore, always carry brightly-hued or dark lures that offer easy fishing in the murky or cloudy water. You wouldn’t want to be losing too many lures in the muddy water, would you?
Change your sleeping habits to go with how the fish are during the season
Most anglers agree that early morning is generally the best time of the day to fish in early spring. That said, early spring fishing can often be best done in the early evening. During the day, the sun should have warmed the water enough as the day progresses. This will make the fish more frisky just when the sun goes down in the horizon.
Take your place in the edges of the water
Check out those areas where the clear and muddy water merge. A good place to find this is to locate the tributaries pouring into the rivers or lakes. Fish may be using such regions to transition from one to the other.
Realize that early spring fishing presents plenty of opportunities to get better at your game
Early spring is always a great time to assimilate fresh knowledge about angling. Fishing will be slow so you might as well try out new fishing techniques and lures to see how well they really work, or if they work at all.
Early spring is also the best time to pick up new tricks that you can add to your current skill set. Those tricks can ultimately make you a better year-round angler, too.