There’s nothing worse than a wasted day looking for fish. It can often be avoided by finding out in advance, which species of fish are in the lake you intend to fish and if it is stocked regularly. Asking what the best fishing lures are from local resources can help catch more fish quicker when you arrive.
Depending on the species you are after, you should also keep a plentiful supply of fishing hooks, sinkers, flies, floats, softbaits and hardbaits in as many sizes and colors as you can comfortably manage.
Hydrographic maps will aid boat and bank anglers. Look for deep holes and present the fish with a variety of lures and baits, especially deeper during the middle of hotter days.
For those anglers who will not have the luxury of a boat when fishing a lake, the rule of thumb is usually to cover as much ground as possible. Fish generally seek food and shelter under cover amongst weed beds and in underwater obstacles. Get your flies, floats, softbaits or crankbaits as close to these as you can and move places frequently for more success.
Lakes tend to hold a lot more food and are larger environments, allowing lake fish to grow much bigger. Make sure you are equipped with adequate fishing equipment for your lake of choice. A light spincast, baitcast or pole set up may do the trick, but the odd behemoth can leave eternal frustration if you are not prepared. A solid landing net for a boat and bank lake angler is always wise.
If bank fishing a lake alone, make sure you have a signal for your cell phone as well as waterproof matches, as well as a first aid kit. These should be essentials for all fishing trips.