3 Tips On How To Catch More Fish From Shore
How to catch more fish from shore is a question we are faced with a lot here at The Reel Shot. It’s no secret that fishing is a relaxing and enjoyable sport that anyone can take part in, no matter your age or skill level. However, if you don’t own your own boat or have access to one, having success can sometimes be a challenge.
Generally speaking, there are always certain times during the year that you can catch a lot of fish from shore in central Wisconsin, as well as many other states. However, this success largely depends on certain factors such as the time of the year and fish spawning patterns. When these small windows close, the shore-angler is forced to take a more tactical approach. One of the best ways to do this is to be able to dissect a lake by exploring the areas you have access to fish, doing a little bit of lake homework and finding a detailed contoured map of your particular body of water.
Tip #1 - Studying Shore-Lines
Obviously, the biggest challenge to fishing a shoreline is that you need to have access to it. Often times private property, steep grades and thick brush limit a shore fisherman’s opportunities. When you do find a safe and legal place to fish, some visual cues that may help you locate likely fishing spots include things like:
- Rock structures
- Man-made structures
- & Points
Bays and points are usually some of the best places to target when fishing from shore and often times even in a boat. These areas act as intersections and homes for most species of fish no matter what body of water you are at. Bays provide shelter and stable water conditions for small fish like bluegills and perch, which also attract larger predator fish like bass, walleye and northern pike.
A point on a body of water usually carries good current that naturally moves small baitfish across it. These points are excellent places for predator fish to patrol for an easy meal.
If you find any of these visual cues, chances are there will be fish in the area and hopefully you will be able to present your bait successfully from the shore to them. Boat harbors and marinas can also be great places to locate fish. Man-made rock structures and docks near marinas often hold more fish than you would think!
Tip #2 - Lake Anatomy
It never hurts to do a little bit of lake homework if you are looking to learn how to catch more fist from shore. Knowing what materials like rocks, mud, sand etc that are covering the bottom and shore of the lake or pond you are fishing can give you a great idea of what bait to use and how to present it.
The Red Eye Shad is a versatile bait that can be used to target a wide variety of fish species. Lakes with rocky bottoms are excellent areas to use things like tubes, crayfish and casting lures like the lipless bait Redeye Shad. Because rocks usually mean many little nooks and crannies, a tube bait can be deadly on bass in these areas because of how this bait slowly works the bottom and is able to wonder into hidden places fish might be hiding in. The Redeye Shad is a personal favorite casting bait because it can easily be casted in any condition and it produces a rattling sound that attracts fish from far distances.
Inspect the body of water yourself, ask locals and use a DNR, or other online sources, to determine what type of structure and bottom your lake might have. If the body of water you are fishing has heavy vegetation, top water baits in the evening and weed-less worms and spinner baits are always great choices.
Tip #3 - Map It Out
Maybe even more import than being able to dissect a lake from the shoreline is to be able to do it with a map. Finding a quality contour map of the body of water you would like to fish can greatly up your odds of catching more fish from shore. When looking at a contour lake map, take note of those bays and points we talked about before and notice where contour changes occur. Look for steep drop offs throughout the lake and make sure you have a variety of different lures that can work the entire water column. If you have a smartphone, apps like "Navionics Boating" can be a great reference when searching for the ideal place to fish! Search for contours and study break lines close to shore to find great places to fish!
For more questions about shore fishing feel free to reach out to a TRS team member anytime by giving us a call or contacting us online HERE.