Fishing the same lake(s) all the time is great. You find “your spots”; you get to learn the patterns and fishing techniques to catch big fish. But you can get lost in fishing the same spots time and time again. Fishing new water is refreshing and challenging! Before you head out onto new water there are some things you need to do if you want to have a successful day on a new lake.
The first thing you should do is a little research on the body of water you are attempting to tackle. A quick internet search about the lake can give you the most information the quickly; like fish species, including quantity and size. Also, be sure to check what is in season so you don’t have the local fishing conservation officers questioning you. Google Maps is a great tool to give you a sense of islands, points and areas of interest to you; like launch areas, marinas and docks! Don’t forget to check fishing information sites like AnglingAuthority.com or Facebook for quality information.
Once you have some information on the new water you are fishing, it’s time to prepare for your day trip. Because you have never fished the water before, you want to be prepared with different tools to use including a couple of rods for heavy fishing and some light weight rods for your lighter presentations. Pre-tying your lures will improve your “fishing time” instead of wasting time tying while you are on the water. As for tackle, I like to use the acronym “KISS” (Keep it Simple Stupid). Bringing lures that you have confidence in to help improve your catches; and keep the colors simple. I like natural colors in clear water and brighter colors or black in stained water.
Now the part everyone dislikes (so I will keep it short) is Safety. Always tell someone where youare planning on fishing, and when you plan on returning. You never know what can happen on a new body of water, and having that piece of mind is important. Also, check the weather and bring the proper clothing to dress for the conditions! Reference: Dressing for you Day on the Water
So you have your knowledge of the lake; your equipment is ready to go; and you have your safety plan together. Now it’s time to go fishing! Using your electronics GPS, mark some points of interest including where you launched so you can get back to where you started. If you don’t have GPS bring a waterproof map and navigate using it. If the lake is too large to run, break down a small section and fish it thoroughly until you catch one and then try to mimic what you did for second one. Once you have caught three fish you can start to figure out a pattern; Are the fish deep (12-ft) or up shallow (3-ft); or are they under docks or holding on structure? Once you figure out this pattern the rest should fall into place!
The only way to improve your fishing is time on the water; there is no better way than getting out and fishing new lakes to continue learning. There is not a fisherman out there that knows everything. That’s what is so great about our sport of fishing; there is always something to learn!
See you on the water!
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Jeremy is a talented multi-species angler. Jeremy's favorite target species is bass, where he has been very active in regional bass tournaments. A member of Barrie Bassmasters, Jeremy has most recently been nominated as the Director of Conservation at his bass club. The bass fishing fanatic is also an Ambassador for Imperium Baits.More by Jeremy Baird