Spring has sprung and it's time to go fishing! With the sun shining and the weather warming up, it's the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors and take advantage of some excellent fishing opportunities.
As you probably know by now, there are fishing opportunities available year-round. Even in winter, when many anglers take a breather because of the freezing weather, there are still a lot of fishermen and women who brave the cold just to fish.
Fish are pretty tough creatures. As we said in an earlier post, they are able to survive in freezing lakes because they are cold-blooded. Their body can adjust to the cold temperature and stay alive for long periods. So it’s certainly possible to snag some cod and northern pike even in winter.
But springtime is special. The season brings a unique opportunity for fishing as the warming waters become abundant with active fish that are ready to bite and spawn after a period of inactivity.
The excitement that this prime fishing season brings may lead some anglers to forget to prepare all the essentials for a spring fishing trip.
So before you cast your line, make sure you're fully prepared. There's a lot to consider from checking your gear to ordering new tackle. Ideally you'd want to do this a few weeks before the actual start of spring so you don't miss any of the pre-spawn action. But if you haven't gotten around to preparing, don't fret. There's still a chance to make this spring your best fishing season yet!
Check your gear and tackle box
First things first, check your gear. Make sure your fishing rods, reels, lines, lures, and hooks are all in good condition and ready for use. Take a moment to go through your tackle box and make sure you have the right lures and bait for the fish you want to catch. Typically, during this season, it's best to opt for smaller, natural-looking lures as fish tend to be more careful and cautious after a long winter.
It’s also good to clean and lubricate your equipment, replace any worn or damaged components, and re-spool your reel with fresh line. A little maintenance now can save you a lot of frustration later. Head to our previous post on keeping your fishing gear in good condition for more tips and reminders.
If you fish from a boat, perform a thorough inspection and maintenance check, including the engine, hull, electrical system, and safety equipment. Ensure you have all required safety gear on board, like life jackets and a first aid kit.
Check your fishing license
Ensure that your fishing license is current and that you've acquired all the necessary permits for the locations you intend to fish. Fishing regulations vary from state to state and can change from year to year, so it's important to stay up-to-date with the latest rules and requirements. Don’t forget other special permits like those for fishing in protected or private waters. Failing to obtain the appropriate permits or renew your fishing license can lead to fines or other legal consequences, which can quickly ruin your fishing experience.
Spring weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers that can be added or removed as the temperatures fluctuate. It’s best to opt for waterproof and breathable clothing, and remember to pack essentials like a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Be prepared for sudden weather changes, so pack rain gear, additional layers, and a dry bag to protect your electronics and personal belongings.
Be aware of the water conditions
It's vital to check the water conditions in the area where you intend to fish. The weather during spring can change the water temperature and clarity, which can make a huge difference in your fishing success. So, do your research beforehand. This information can help you decide on the best fishing locations and techniques to use to up your chances of catching fish. Some anglers even like to use devices like fish finders to check the activity level in the water.
Springtime fishing can be a fantastic experience, and with the right preparation, you can increase your chances of catching some fish and making unforgettable memories. So, grab your gear, head to the water, and enjoy the great outdoors. Good luck and happy fishing!