Monday, August 27, 2007

So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

Fish want to live a comfortable life, just like we do. They want protection and they want food. If the water we are fishing does not provide these things it is unlikely that there will be fish there.

One of the most common mistakes I see fishermen making while fishing rivers and streams is that they are fishing bright water. We have to remember that fish don't have eyelids and when the sun is out the fish are going to look for some shade. If the water is clear the problem is even bigger.

Fish the areas that provide protection from the sun. These are the areas that fish will be hiding. If you are fishing on lakes the best protection a fish has from the sun is depth of water. Don't be fishing the shallow areas of the lake on bright sunny days.


Bryan said...

Great tip! I never thought about the fact that fish don't have eyelids...let alone think about how this fact should influence my fishing!

Arthur said...

I can attest to this tip from first hand experience. Fishing for steelhead and salmon on the river you have to pay attention to this or hope for an overcast day!!

Anonymous said...

This is a good tip. I went fishing in relatively shallow water this past weekend, and found that the best fishing was near two brush piles, where the fish could get out of the sun. Those who could manage not to hook the brush pile, (a group in which, sadly, I was not included) caught some nice fish.