Freshwater Fishing Tips

The Best Freshwater Fishing Tips

Welcome to Apex Fishing Tips, this section of our website is about freshwater fishing and how to catch fish in freshwater. You can find freshwater throughout North America and they're home to some of the most popular game fish. We're going to show you how to catch bigger fish, more often in freshwater.

Below you'll find 7 freshwater fishing tips that will improve your chances of catching fish in freshwater. Freshwater is home to many of the most sought out game fish, like largemouth bass, crappie and catfish. Freshwater can be found in lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. Continue down below to learn how to catch fish in freshwater.

Along with 7 freshwater fishing tips we give you a detailed checklist of all the fishing tackle you'll need when you go freshwater fishing. We've also provided you with some amazing pictures of anglers fishing in freshwater. If you need more information on freshwater fishing, you can use the additional resources we've provided at the bottom of this page.

7 Freshwater Fishing Tips

  1. You can catch freshwater fish species in a wide variety of places. Lakes, ponds, rivers and streams are the main sources of freshwater fish. You'd be shocked to see how many different freshwater bodies of water are around the area where you live. Start exploring using Google and Google Maps to find freshwater fishing locations in your area.
  2. There are many freshwater fish species, known as game fish, targeted by anglers. Researching about the habitat, diet and range of these species makes it easier to catch them. The game fish species you'll want to research are bass, bluegills, carp, catfish, crappies, perch, muskies, northern pike and trout. Most freshwater fishing locations will contain one ore more of these popular game fish.
  3. Freshwater fishing can be enjoyed from the shoreline, dock or a pier. However, in lakes and rivers a boat or kayak can help you reach locations inaccessible from the shoreline. Investing in a boat or kayak is worth it if you are or want to become a hardcore angler. It's important you learn the local and state regulations regarding boats and kayaks. You may need to register your water vehicle, carry insurance and/or attend a certified boating safety class.
  4. There are unlimited options for bait when it comes to catching freshwater game fish, both live and artificial. The best live bait and artificial bait (lures, plastics, etc.) depends on what game fish you're trying to catch. If you want to use live bait and just catch whatever you can we recommend minnows, worms or waxworms. Artificial bait, like lures, spinners, spoons and soft plastic are really targeted to specific game fish. We recommend you do research on what artificial bait works best for the game fish you're trying to catch.
  5. Just like bait, there are unlimited options for fishing rigs. A fishing rig is basically a setup of terminal fishing tackle used to catch a fish. Some fishing rigs target the surface, while others target the bottom. In fact, there are fishing rigs used by boats or kayak and they are trolled along the water. If you're just starting out we recommend you look into the following rigs: the slip bobber rig, the three-way rig, the drift rig, the fish finder rig and the sliding sinker rig.
  6. Water temperatures play an important role for all game fish species. As the seasons change from cold to hot many game fish start to spawn, moving from deep water to shallow water. The reverse happens when the season changes from hot to cold, they migrate back to the deep waters. Know water temperatures wherever you're freshwater fishing can help you target the right areas and depths.
  7. You can enjoy freshwater fishing throughout the entire year. Don't think you can't go fishing in the winter, many anglers love to go ice fishing and swear they catch bigger fish during the winter. Don't let the sun dictate when you can go fishing, many anglers go fishing at night to target game fish species that are nocturnal. Fishing is one of the few recreational outdoor sports you can do 365 days a year.

About Freshwater and Freshwater Fishing

About Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater fishing is a broad definition that includes fishing for species of fish that live in bodies of water that contain freshwater instead of saltwater. Anglers can freshwater fish in ponds, creeks, lakes and rivers. Even though water covers about 70% of our planet, only 3% of it is freshwater. Out of the total of that 3%, only 1% of it is accessible on the surface. That's why it's important we protect our freshwater resources.

Some of the most popular game fish live in freshwater, like largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill and crappie. Some species of fish can live in both freshwater and saltwater. Many species of salmon are anadromous, meaning they hatch in freshwater, then move to the ocean to later return to freshwater to reproduce. However, many of the landlocked freshwater lakes and ponds only have a few dozen species of fish living in them..

Freshwater Fishing Checklist

The below freshwater fishing checklist has the fishing gear and tackle you might need when fishing in freshwater.

Freshwater Fishing Pictures

Freshwater fishing in a lake

A picture of someone freshwater fishing in a lake.
(Credit: Ray F. / Flickr)

Freshwater fishing in a pond

A picture of someone freshwater fishing in a pond.
(Credit: Maggie Metcalf / Flickr)

Freshwater fishing in a river

A picture of someone freshwater fishing in a river.
(Credit: Pat / Flickr)

Freshwater Fishing Resources