Thinking about going fishing?

    Spring offers more opportunities to catch fish than any other season. Fishing from the bank or from a boat can be productive at this time of year. For new anglers and for those of you interested in taking up fishing as a past time, a hobby or a therapy, keep in mind that there are basic fundamentals when beginning to fish, and spring is the season to discover them. It is always a great day for fishing, but in the spring it can be an even better day, especially in the afternoon, which is normally the absolute best time to fish. The afternoon brings the warmest water temperatures and the water is usually the calmest in the afternoon.       

 Farm ponds and smaller lakes warm up before larger bodies of water will, and this will make the fish more cooperative in small water. Beginning in a farm pond can be a great way to learn not only techniques but also learn the nature of the fish you are trying to catch. Many anglers have fond memories of fishing for bluegill with a night crawler beneath a bobber when they first discovered this great sport. This approach is a great way to introduce children to fishing.  As the water temperature raises move to fishing larger bodies of water both early morning and later afternoon in the same manner, experimenting with artificial lures, until late spring and into summer when top water lures are the most effective.    

  Set out to become an avid angler by targeting many species of fish. All fish are fun to catch, and in the spring many species can be caught. Walleye, bass, crappie, perch, catfish and bluegill can all be fun to reel in, but each have a little different nature th

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