Wednesday, October 29, 2008

22nd Annual Trout Tournament in Florida

The Nassau Sport Fishing Association will host their 22nd Annual Trout Tournament on November 8th, 2008. The entry fee is $120 for per boat.

There will be a captain's meeting on November 7th, 6:30 p.m. at Tiger Point Marina. The trout tournament will begin at 6 a.m. at Fernandina Beach Marina. Following the tournament, there will be an awards dinner at 7 p.m.

For more information about the 22nd Annual Trout Tournament, click here.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fishing with Spoons

Some anglers aren't comfortable fishing with spoons. They don't know what they're missing!

Last week I took my nephew fishing at our local lake and the trout weren't biting that well. We couldn't get a nibble on worms or powerbait that day to save our life. Sticking to my motto of trying different tactics until I figure out what trout will take .... I reached into my tackle box and pulled out a silver Kastmaster's spoon. I only had one with me, so I tied a different spoon on my nephew's line.

Within minutes trout started hitting those spoons ... and before long, we were taking a nice stringer of trout home!

That day was the first time my nephew (age 12) fished with a spoon - let alone catch a fish with one. He was using a pock-marked, blue-nickle tear drop spoon made by Blue Fox. He was able to entice several trout into striking that spoon that day.

Why do trout strike spoons? There are a couple of reasons. First, when fished properly spoons can mimic a wounded minnow. Trout love an easy meal. Secondly, the light and vibrations emitted by spoons often cause excitement. Trout will sometimes make a defensive strike on a spoon. Either way, spoons are effective in catching trout!

But to be effective, the spoon (like other lures) must be fished properly. Spoons wobble in the water during retrieval. It's important to get the retrieval speed right in order to achieve maximum wobble. If the spoon isn't wobbling, it's useless.

Once a fish strikes the spoon, it's important to keep your line tight when reeling in. Fishing with spoons is a lot different than fishing with bait. Trout normally swallow bait, ensuring that you'll keep the fish on the hook while reeling in.

However, with spoons (and other lures), trout are usually hooked in the lip - which means they can often work themselves ... and slack line will help them do it! Keeping the line tight will help increase your chances of being able to land the fish.

The really fun part of fishing with spoons is that the fish who strike them tend to be a bit more aggressive than those feeding on power bait and worms. This makes the fishing experience more exciting!

Don't be afraid to try a spoon the next time you're trout fishing. The worst that can happen is you lose spoon and don't catch any trout. But the rewards are worth it!

By the way, the world record trout was caught using a spoon!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Try Darker Lures This Fall Trout Season

It's not secret that fishing for trout during the Fall season usually produces great results. However, many anglers don't understand how altering their fishing tactics can help them catch even more trout!

With cooler outdoor and water temps, comes a few other important environmental conditions during the Fall season - which can affect the number of trout you catch. Heavy rains can make the water murky or muddy ... which can affect a trout's ability to see your lure or bait. Overcast days can also affect how your lure or bait look underwater.

One of the unwritten rules of trout fishing is that darker lures tend to work better on overcast days and in murky water. Without going into a long explanation, this has a lot to do with the visual light spectrum and how colors are under water.

In any case try this theory out for yourself. As we get later into the Fall trout season, try fishing darker lures. Try black and gold patterns. Lures with red and copper in them also tend to work well. Chartreuse is another good color during these conditions.

You also might like to try some glow in the dark lures - especially when fishing at night or in very murky water. These lures are effective because they're easier for trout to see under water.

Mepps makes some of the best trout lures available. They sell special trout lure kits containing some of the most effective lures in a single kit. Here are some of the more popular trout lure kits offered by Mepps.

Mepps Killer Hot Trout Kit

Mepps Killer Hot Trout Kit

Mepps' Killer Hot Trout Kit features an assortment of some of the hottest colors in fishing today. Assembled with the stream trout angler in mind, these inline spinners also work well for various panfish species. Hot Trout Kit includes: #0 Aglia Green Platinum #0 Aglia Rainbow Trout #1 Aglia Hot Firetiger #0 Aglia Hot Chartreuse #1 Aglia Hot Pink #1 Aglia Hot Orange

Mepps Killer Trouter Kit

Mepps Killer Trouter Kit

Mepps' Killer Trouter Kit includes six inline spinners in three different sizes, ensuring that you've got something in your box that'll entice those wary trout to bite. Trouter Kit includes: #00 Syclops Rainbow Trout #1 Aglia Copper #1 Black Fury Fluorescent #1 XD Silver Body/Silver Blade #0 Aglia Long Rainbow Scale #1 Thunder Bug May Fly

Be sure to share your results here!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season Opens October 18th

Trout anglers in Illinois are anxiously awaiting the 2008 Fall Trout Fishing Season. This year, October 18th, 2008 marks the season opener. Over 30 lakes and ponds will be stocked with trout before the season opener.

It's important to remember that trout may not be taken from these lakes and ponds from October 1st until 5 a.m. on October 18th.

A valid fishing license and inland trout stamp is required for all trout anglers unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces.

For more information on the Illinois fall trout season, contact the IDNR Division of Fisheries at (217) 782-6424.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Fly Fishing Workshop for Trout Anglers in Arizona

The Arizona Fish and Game Department is co-sponsoring a trout fly fishing workshop at Becker Lake for anglers on October 4, 2008.

The 3 and half hour workshop is open to the public and will feature one-on-one instruction on the use of lures and artificial flies to improve angling success. Fly-fishing techniques, proper use of trout lures and presentation, use of casting bubbles with flies and trolling techniques will also be covered. There will be demonstrations on fly tying and methods of cooking and smoking fish.

Bring your own equipment if you have it .... otherwise equipment will be provided for those who don't have any.

There will be a morning session and and afternoon session with each session limited to 20 people. The cost is $10 per person. You must pre-register at the Pinetop Office if you want to participate. For more information, call (928) 367-4281.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Are You Ready for the Fall Trout Season?

In addition to Spring, Fall is traditionally one of the best seasons to catch trout. One of the primary reasons is because several water changes take place which in turn affect trout feeding habits.

First, water temps cool down. Trout prefer cooler water. Cooler water also becomes more oxygenated so trout have plenty of oxygen to breathe. Fall also brings new insects (caddis and mayflies) into the world for trout to feed on.

Together, these things make Fall one of the best trout fishing seasons for anglers everywhere.

If you're a fly fisher in the Pacific Northwest, you might want to focus on the October Caddis. This dry fly represents some of the bigger Fall caddis hatches.

Spin fishers usually do well on a variety of baits including worms, powerbait, and spinners.

While trout fishing generally tends to improve in September, October and November are typically better. Much of this depends on where you live and how early winter sets in.

If you've been frustrated by slow summer fishing, then you don't want to miss the Fall trout season. To help you get ready and get the most out of your fishing efforts, check out the Trout Fishing Tips eBook.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Arizona Legislation Threatens Access to Off Road Fishing Holes

Are you one of those people who likes to trek off the beaten path to your favorite fishing hole? Then you might want to sign the petition that Arizona Off-Roaders is circulating.

It seems that legislators and others are complaining in Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County that off-roaders are stirring up too much dust by riding quads, 4x4's, motorcycles, etc. And they want to restrict or close access to many areas on Arizona State Land.

For those of us who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, this news is distressing. It's already getting harder and harder and to find good places away from other people to fish, shoot, ride quads, etc. Now the Arizona State Land Department wants to make it even harder!

If you live in Arizona, I urge you to sign the online petition and spread and word. You don't have have to live in Maricopa or Pinal County to care about this issue. Rulings like this have a way of spreading once they pass they pass in one area.

For more information, visit

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Figuring Out the Right Depth to Fish for Trout

Having trouble figuring out what depth to fish for trout at? It's common knowledge that trout like cool water. This means that when the water's surface gets too hot (like it does in the summer months), trout will head for deeper cooler water.

So if you want to catch them, you'll have to fish deep. But figuring out the right depth can be tricky - and often frustrating!

Remember that trout have a few basic needs. And their primary concern is being comfortable. This means they will gravitate towards water that is within their ideal temperature range (50 - 68 degrees Fahrenheit) and is well oxygenated (so they can breathe). Once these two needs are met, they'll also gravitate to the area that provides a food source.

So when fishing for trout in deep water, you'll want to keep this simple rule in mind: look for water that is cool, oxygenated, and has a food source.

While knowing this information is important, it can still be tricky to figure out at what depth these conditions exist. And the only sure way to know the precise the depth to fish is to use a fish finder (one that gives you depth information).

Without a fish finder, the only other thing you can do is to experiment through trial and error. Knowing what trout need (cool, oxygenated water and a food source) will help you to start fishing the right area (especially if you know the body of water you're fishing well.

Once you've dropped your line in a "likely" area where you hope to find trout, experiment with various depths. The easiest way to do this is to let your line go deep and then wait a few minutes. If you don't get any nibbles, then reel in a little line and wait again. Keep repeating the process until you can find the right depth.

If you still can't figure out the right the depth through the process described above, it you may be in spot where trout aren't. In that case, you need to try again at a new location.

One more trout fishing tip to remember, is that if you're fishing in a lake, trout tend to frequently hang out near the dam when the weather is hot. That's because there is usually deeper cooler water there along with plenty of dissolved oxygen and food sources.

For more tips on catching trout, check out the "Trout Fishing Tips" eBook.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Loose Lines Lose Trout

If you've been fishing a while, you've probably heard the phrase, "Tight Lines" at some point. There's a reason this phrase is so popular. Simply put, loose lines lose fish.

I constantly see inexperienced anglers rest their pole on a rock, chair or stand and ignore the slack line drifting in the water. Unfortunately, chances are high they'll miss subtle nibbles on their line while fish steal their bait.

Another common problem when fishing is thinking you're stuck on the lake or river's bottom and releasing the line to correct the problem. I've lost a couple of fish making this assumption a time or two - especially when fishing from a boat.

Many times, anglers get used to feeling the "take" when a fish is at the other end of their line. But sometimes the pole will bend, and you won't feel the normal "take" (or vibration from nibbles). I've experienced this a lot when fishing from a small row boat on my favorite lake.

When you don't feel the bites at the end of a pole but the pole bends in half, it's natural to think you may have gotten stuck on the bottom rocks. But don't be fooled into making this assumption. Try and reel in the line the first - and if you can reel in line, chances are you're not stuck, and may have a fish on your hook.

One of the tricks used to get line unstuck is to release the bail hoping the loose line will free the obstruction. But if you've hooked a fish, loose line may help him escape. So this is the last thing you'll want to do.

It's very important to keep the line tight when you've hooked a fish. So even if you think the line may be stuck on the bottom of the lake or river, try and reel in first. As long as you can continue to reel in line, you can rest assured that you're not stuck.

You can also try releasing the drag a bit to double check. If there's a fish on the end of your line, you can bet he's trying to swim away and you'll hear it in the reel's drag.

Worst case scenario, you can always release the line later if still certain that your line is stuck - but until then, keep those lines tight! Because lose lines lose trout!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

10 Best Trout Flies

Most fly fishers carry a variety of flies with them when fishing for trout. Season, weather, and availability of natural food sources play a role in fly selection on any given day.

But every angler has a few favorites that have proven successful over the years. Game and Fish Magazine has a great article listing 10 of the best trout fishing flies.

According to the article, the best flies that no trout angler should be without include:
  • Adams (dry fly)
  • Elk Hair Caddis (dry fly)
  • Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear (nymph)
  • Pheasant Tail
  • Muddler Minnow (streamer)
  • Clouser Minnow (streamer)
  • Griffith's Gnat
  • Woolly Bugger
  • Partridge Soft Hackles
  • Midges and Chironomids
Keep in mind that all these files come in different sizes and colors which you'll want to have on hand for different fishing conditions.

You can read more these flies as well as when and how best to use them by reading the article, "10 Indispensable Trout Flies".

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

How to Check if Your Catch is a New Record

Yesterday I received an email from one of our readers wanting to know how to check if his son's catch was a new line class state record. My attempts to reply to the message failed, so I thought I would post the answer here for everybody to read.

But first, let me share the details of the catch. This man and his son were fishing on the Little Red River when they caught a 12 lb (28.25 inch) rainbow trout. The fish was caught on an ultra-light rod rigged with 4 lb test.

While this is a great catch, these folks wanted to know how to tell if this was new line class state record for rainbow trout.

While the IGFA keeps line class records, not all states do. So the first place to check is with your state's fish and game department. If you don't see what you're looking for on their web page, you can call them and ask if they keep line class records.

The other thing to keep in mind is that when you think you might have a potential new record, you'll want to take the fish to the nearest certified weigh station in your area. It's important to have the right folks certify your catch. Otherwise there's no way to really prove that you caught the fish or verify the equipment you were using.

Remember that fish also shrink a bit after they've been out of water and loose weight. This is another good reason to rush to the nearest certified weigh station if you think you have a record catch. You don't want to lose precious ounces!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Free Trout Fishing on Saturday in Reno

If you've ever been wondering how to catch trout, here's your chance to get some free lessons. On Saturday, July 26th , 2008 the Division of Wildlife will be offering a free trout fishing clinic at Mayberry Park in Reno, Nevada. The clinic will start at 8 am and run til noon.

The minimum age to participate is age 10 and pre-registration is required. All anglers age 12 and older will also need to have a valid Nevada Fishing License. Kids under the age 16 will need to have a parent or guardian present.

The clinic is limited to 20 people so be sure to register soon if you're interested. Folks are encouraged to bring their own tackle

For more information about the clinic, you can call the Division of Wildlife at (775) 688-1622.

Also, the Division of Wildlife just released a book called, "How to Fish in Nevada" which covers everything about fishing in Nevada. You pick up a copy for free at any Division of Wildlife office.
While you're there, be sure to also pick up a copy of the book containing fishable water maps.

Friday, July 11, 2008

An Angler's Legacy Lives On

I just wanted to take a moment and apologize for not having posted any new trout fishing tips or information the past few weeks. I've been very busy for caring family members with health issues, one of which recently died.

My grandfather was more like a dad to me than my own dad was (who was distant most of the time). He had been battling lung cancer and heart disease the last couple of years and that battle finally ended two weeks ago. Losing him has been difficult and I've been busy since helping the family stumble through the business side of things and making sure my grandma was cared for.

I was honored with the privilege of writing his obituary and I found that when talking to others about my grandpa, fishing adventures were often remembered. My grandpa was a great fisherman and one of the anglers I learned the most from. Because of his interest in fishing, I was fortunate to have had as many different angling experiences as I did.

Even before Angler's Legacy existed, my grandpa was living the pledge. While many adults get frustrated fishing with kids, my grandpa loved it. There was nothing better to him than helping a kid experience the joy and excitement of catching fish. He loved it so much that it was not uncommon for him to remove a fish he caught from his own hook and put it on one of our poles (after sending us on a quick errand) so we would think we caught it.

Last year I took all of our old fishing photos and put them into a scrapbook. I'm grateful that I was able to share those memories with my grandpa before he died.

I'll never forget those deep sea fishing expeditions on the coast of California nor all of the freshwater fishing we did together. Because of him, I have taught others to fish and continue to do so .... so his legacy lives on.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Having Trouble Catching Trout This Summer?

Many anglers (even experienced ones) have difficulty catching trout during the warmer summer months. This is to be expected since trout are cold blooded and prefer cooler water temperatures. The warmer temperatures get, the more uncomfortable they become. When this happens, their focus changes to survival (finding cooler water) than feeding.

This means you might have to change your fishing tactics a bit in order to catch trout. To begin with, you'll want to avoid fishing during the hottest part of the day (which is usually between 11 am and 3 pm in many places). You'll have your best luck during the early morning or dusk hours (when water temps are cooler and trout are out feeding on or near the water's surface).

You can still catch trout during the middle of the day, but you'll have to fish deep where water temps are cooler. If you're fishing from shore, you'll want to change your rig to a bottom fishing rig. If you're fishing from a boat, a fish finder can be a great help in finding trout. If you're fishing a river or stream, look for shaded riffles and deep pockets of cooler water.

Remember, that trout care more about comfort and survival than feeding. Once their primaries needs are met, they will actively feed.

Understanding these simple facts, will help you catch more trout in summer months. These tips and more, can be found in the Trout Fishing Tips eBook.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Annual Father's Day Derby at White Pines Lake

Each year Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods in Arnold, California hosts a trout fishing derby on Father's Day. This year the derby will be held on Sunday, June 15, 2008.

Trout will be planted prior to the derby and there prizes will be awarded. You must register to participate in the fishing derby (and early registration is highly recommended).

For more information and to register for the Annual Father's Day Fishing Derby, call (209) 795-1686.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Free Fishing Days in Virginia June 6-8, 2008

June 6-8, 2008 as Free Fishing Days in Virginia this year. This means you won't need a fishing license of any kind for rod and reel fishing in saltwater or freshwater except in designated stocked trout waters on these days.

Please keep in mind that all fishing regulations - such as size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions - will remain in effect.

Most states offer free fishing days as a way to encourage more people to fish. Free fishing days are a great opportunity to take the family out for a some outdoor fun.

For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Fish and Game.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Trout Fishing Derby on Great Central Lake

The Ark Resort on British Columbia's Great Central Lake hosts its annual trout fishing derby this Saturday, May 17 to Monday, May 19.

The derby features the Kennedy Memorial Trophy, set up in honour of the late Bill Kennedy and his son, for fishers 14 years and younger. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Fishing gets underway at sunrise on Saturday, and Sunday ending at sunset both days. On Monday the derby starts at sunrise and ends with final weigh-in at noon.

The event features a raffle for a beer fridge painted by Brad Piatka.

Tickets to enter the derby cost $15 each and are available at Gone Fishin' and Ark Resort.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Steelhead Fishing Resources

Trout anglers often consider steelhead the ultimate catch! If you love steelhead fishing, you'll have to check out the new resource page on our site. Doesn't matter if you're interested in drift fishing, spinner fishing, float fishing, spey casting, or other popular fishing techniques, the new page offers a resource for you.

I've included links to some of the best books and DVD's ever created on steelhead fishing. Anglers of at any skill level will find value in the resources provided.

To check out the new steelhead fishing resource page, click here.

For roe bait tips for steelhead, click here

Friday, April 18, 2008

15th Annual Trout Fishing Derby at Mineral Lake

The American Legion’s 15th annual Trout Fishing Derby will be held April 26th beginning at 12:01 a.m. and ending at noon. The derby will take place at Mineral Lake.

Tickets for the derby and the raffle are $2 each. They are available at Mineral Legion Hall, boat launches, Mineral Market, Headquarters Tavern, Elbe Tavern, Mineral Lake Resort, Elbe Store and from area Legion members.

Fishing from the Mineral Lake Resort’s fishing docks will be $8 per person for the opening weekend.

The resort plans to release 15,000 rainbows this weekend. Also, the state plants 150,000 fish annually in the lake. Approximately 321 brood stock fish, typically weighing 3 to 7 pounds will be planted.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Hampshire's Trout Fishing Season Opens April 26th

Saturday, April 26th marks the opening fishing season in New Hampshire's designated trout and fly-fishing-only ponds. These trout ponds will remain open through October 15th, 2008.

Many of these ponds are stocked with brook rainbow and brown trout ranging from "yearlings" (8-12 inches), 2-year olds (12-15 inches), and 3+ year olds.

Some of the early season hot spots include: Hot Hole Pond, Clough Pond, French Pond, Mount William Pond, Dublin Lake, and Lucas Pond. As ice in continues to melt in northern regions of the state, other ponds will become hot spots.

Worms and powerbait work well in catching trout. For more information about trout fishing in New Hampshire, click here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Cape Breton Highlands National Park Open for Trout Fishing

The trout fishing season at Cape Breton Highlands National Park is officially open now and will remain open, with certain exceptions, until Sept. 30, 2008.

The daily catch and possession limit is five trout, with September being catch and release only.

Clyburn Brook and North Aspy River and tributaries (within national park boundaries) will close their trout season on August 31, 2008.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Illinois Trout Fishing Season Opens Saturday

The spring trout fishing season in Illinois begins at 5 a.m. April 5, 2008. Each year the state stocks more than 60,000 rainbow trout in bodies of water where spring trout fishing is permitted, including the Hennepin Canal Parkway in Bureau County, Pine Creek in White Pines State Forest in Ogle County, and the Coleta trout ponds in Whiteside County.

Anglers 16 and over must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp. The annual fishing licenses for the 2008 season are valid through March 31, 2009.

For more information about the trout-stocking program, call the Division of Fisheries at (217) 782-6424, or visit on the Web.

Tyler Befus Has a New Website

If you're an avid fly fisher, you may already have heard of Tyler Befus, author of "Kids Guide to Fly Fishing. Despite being a kid, this young author is making quite a name for himself on the fly fishing circuit.

Now Tyler has launched a new web site which features tips, fly tying tutorials, and more. Tyler also features a blog on the site, so you can keep up on the latest fly fishing information in Colorado.

Have a look! The site is pretty nice and full of valuable information for adults, as well as kids.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Czechs Nymphs Win 28th Annual World Fly Fishing Championhship

Well, it's official now. The Czech Nymphs have won the 28th Annual World Fly Fishing Championship in New Zealand. Team U.S.A placed 8th in the overall competition. The New Zealand team took home the silver medal with France taking the bronze medal. You can check out the final team results by clicking here.

Anglers on the Czech and French teams also placed well in the individual standings. Josh Stephens (from Team U.S.A.) placed 20th in the overall individual standings. You can click here to view more individual rankings.

To view more information about previous World Fly Fishing Championships, click here.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Initial Results of World Fly Fishing Championship

The 28th Annual Fly Fishing Championship started off great for Team U.S.A, who placed fourth after the first day of fishing. However, following day 2, Team U.S.A. slipped in the rankings and currently ranks 7th in the overall standings.

New Zealand is currently in the lead followed by the Czech Republic. England is currently in line for the bronze medal. You can check out the other rankings of competition by clicking here.

There are still two more sessions to complete before awards can be handed out. Stay tuned for more information ....

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Trout Derby at Powder Mill Park on April 1st

The Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park will host a variety of fishing derbies this spring beginning the Riedman Foundation Opening Day Trout Derby on April 1, 2008. The derby will begin at 7 a.m. and run til noon at the weigh station at Powder Horn Lodge.

Fishing will take place in designated areas of Irondequoit Creek within the boundaries of Powder Mills Park. Prizes will be awarded for the largest catch (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) at noon at Powderhorn Lodge.

There is a $5 registration fee for anglers 8 yrs of age and older. Advanced registration is required. To register, contact the hatchery staff at 586-1670.

Powder Mills Park is owned and operated by Monroe County. Riedman took over the hatchery when he heard the county was going to close it. Proceeds from the trout derby will benefit the fish hatchery.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

World Fly Fishing Championship This Weekend

Just wanted to send a quick reminder that the FIPS-MOUCHE World Fly Fishing Championship will be taking place this weekend in New Zealand.

Following two practice days, there are three days of competition (beginning March 22, 2008) at five different lakes and rivers involving both bank and boat fishing. Results are posted at the end of each day's competition at competition headquarters and on the NZ Fishing website.

The NZ National Open Feather Merchants Fly Tying Championship will also take place this weekend. This first annual Championship is designed to showcase the fly tying skills and artistic talents of fly fishers from around the world. It's open to all Competitors (team members) registered for the WFFC and all current members of SFFNZ.

Should be an exciting weekend! And of course, we'll be sure to post the final results here.

Monday, March 17, 2008

South West U.K. Fly Fishing Season Opens Wednesday

U.K. anglers are anxiously awaiting the fly-fishing season opener at Hawkbridge Reservoir, near Spaxton on Wednesday.

A large crowd is expected. Members of the locally-based Hawkridge Fly-Fishing Club will also be there. The club always welcomes new members and offer free tuition and advice.

The other Wessex Water reservoirs at Sutton Bingham, near Yeovil, and Clatworthy (Wiveliscombe) will also open on Wednesday.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Youth Fly Fishing Clinic in California March 15th

There will be a youth fly fishing clinic on Saturday, March 15, 2008 near Oroville, California. The clinic is sponsored by the the Wilderness Unlimited Foundation (WUF) and the Northern California Council Fly Fishing Federation (NCCFFF).

The one-day fly fishing clinic will be held at the "99 East" Ranch of Wilderness Unlimited (WU) and is open to all youth between ages 10-16 interested in learning the basics of fly fishing. No previous experience is required.

The clinic, part of WUF’s ongoing fly fishing education program, is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. There is a student expense fee of $30, which covers take-home materials, use of equipment and lunch.

The seminar is limited to 16 students, who will be broken up into four groups. During the day each student will have personal, one-on-one instruction on entomology, knot-tying, casting and fly-tying.

All students will be given ample fishing time as well. The facility is one of Wilderness Unlimited's fisheries, with ponds holding trout, bass, bluegill and catfish.

Reservations are required to attend the youth fly fishing event.

To make a reservation or attain additional information about the seminar, call (877) 611-4868 or e-mail

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

New Gila Trout Fishing Opportunities

In July 2007, anglers were allowed to fish for Gila trout in selected New Mexico waters for the first time since 1966. Several restrictions were imposed including a limited fishing season between July 1 and September 30. Other restrictions include the use of single barbless hooks on artificial flies and lures and anglers must release all Gila trout caught. A valid Gila trout permit is also required.

In February, a proposal to limit anglers to two flies per line was rejected by New Mexico’s State Game Commission.

Some anglers and guides had expressed concerns that fish on the San Juan River and other waters are being injured when lines with multiple flies break and wrap around fish. Broken lines with flies also are potential hazards to waterfowl and other wildlife.

The Commission also voted in favor of adding portions of Mogollon Creek to the list of Gila trout angling opportunities and extending the season from September 30 to October 31. For more information about the latest Gila trout fishing proposals, click here.

For more information about Gila trout fishing in New Mexico, click here.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

5th Annual Fredericksburg Fly Fishing Show

This year's Fly Fishing Show will be held March 22, 2008 at the National Guard Armory in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Admission is $5 for entire day of fly fishing fun!

Fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh and author Beau Beasley will join this year's guest speaker lineup. This year's show will also feature a great variety of vendors, casting instruction, a fly tying table, two different raffles, and a silent auction to support the club and its activities with the community in the coming year.

This show is hosted annually by the Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers. A group dedicated to conservation and restoration of our natural resources and education of the public about all aspects of fly fishing.

For more information about the Fredericksburg Fly Fishing Show, click here.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

28th Annual World Fly Fishing Championship March 22-30

It's almost that time again for the world's best fly fishers to gather and compete for the World Fly Fishing Championship. This year's competition will be held in the Rotorua region of the North Island of New Zealand.

The championship will be held across three areas of the region. The first part of the competition will be held the north of Rotorua on Waihou river and the Ohinimuri River.

The lake fishing portion of the competition will be on two of the regions finest fishing lakes which are to the south of Rotorua and Lake Taupo, namely Lakes Otamangakau and Rotoaira.

The part of the competition will be held on the great Wanganui River near to the town of Taumaranui.

All these rivers and lakes contain wild trout only (brown and rainbow trout) and provide excellent fishing. Trout approximately 25 inches (65 cm) are caught regularly in local competitions.

For more information about the 28th World Fly Fishing Championship, click here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Karel Krivanec Shares His Experiences and Advice

Karel Krivanec
One of our readers is Dr. Karel Krivanec, an avid fly fisher and member of the Czech World Fly Fishing Team (Czech Nymphs). He's been competing in fly fishing competitions for over 25 years. Dr. Karel Krivanec also authored the best selling book, Czech Nymph and Other Related Fishing Methods.

We recently had a chance to interview him and thought you might be interested to learn more about him.

What field is your doctoral degree in?

My doctoral degree is in biology - human parasitology. I have published many articles about biology of tick borne encephalitis virus in the hosts in different natural foci of the disease and my today’s specialty is human mycosis. Fish biology is my hobby as flyfishing.

How long have you been fly fishing?

My first experiments with flies were when I was about 15 years old. It was about 45 years ago.

What age did you start fly fishing?

I started flyfishing seriously when I was at the university. But at that time I was into casting. I competed in it for 10 years.

How long have you been competing in tournaments and when did you become interested in it?Czech Nymphs

I’ve been competing in regular flyfishing competitions for about 25 years in Czech Republic. I was active competitor in between 1985 - 1992. I became the first champion of South Bohemia and I was 2nd in another Czechoslovak Championship. It was right after the golden metal winner Slavoj Svoboda who was the world champion.

At this time I started to organize several flyfishing competitions. In 1990 I became the president of Czechoslovak National Flyfishing Committee and also Team Manager. (From 1993 until 2006 I was the Czech Team Manager).

Do you have a favorite memory from your years of fly fishing (personal or competition) that you’d like to share?

My best memory is winning team golden medal in Norway 1994. We won because we caught only one more fish then the French team.

In 1996 I was the international organizer of the 16th World Fly Fishing Championship in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic (South Bohemia) where our team also won the golden medal. In 1999 we won in Poland.

What advice do you have for youngsters wanting to compete in competitions?

Fly fishing is a sport like any other and you have to devote your free time to it. If you want to become the World Champion you have to use the best equipment and tackle, you also have to practice countless hours in the river or lake. And you also need luck.

We'd like to thank Dr. Karel Krivanec for taking time to share of his personal experiences and advice to anglers wishing to compete in flyfishing competitions. Be sure to check out Karel Krivanec's book, Czech Nymph and Other Related Fishing Methods for expert advice from a World Fly Fishing Champion!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Women's Fishing Club in Ohio

If you're a woman who likes to fish and live in the Northeast part of Ohio State, you may want to check out the new women's fishing club.

The Fishing Ladies of Ohio are holding their inaugural meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Gander Mountain store in Twinsburg. While only women are invited, the guest speaker is district fisheries management supervisor Phil Hillman of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, tackling the popular steelhead trout fishing in Northeast Ohio.

The goal of the club is to bring women together who enjoy fishing, or want to learn the sport and enjoy going on fishing outings together. There are no plans for regular meetings, but rather to explore the types of fishing available in the state.

Kelly Riesen of Ohio Sea Grant, Suzanne Faerber, Andrea Scott and Jamey Graham have been the driving force behind the group. The meeting is open and registration is required. Call Graham, 330-245-3020 today or Monday.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fenton Lake Closed for Ice Fishing

New Mexico trout anglers will have to fish somewhere else for a while now that Fenton Lake State Park is closed to ice fishers. This lake is popular for rainbow and cutthroat trout fishing.

The closure came after warmer temperatures weakened the ice making it unsafe for anglers.
For more information, call (575) 829-3630.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

How to Make Fishing Lures

It doesn't take long for avid anglers to get hooked on making their own lures. We're creative people and like to experiment. After all, all lures share a similar history ... an angler noticed how fish prey on other living creatures and came up with a way to imitate it.

But in addition to the desire to create something new, there are other advantages to making your own lures - or at least knowing how.

Some trout fisheries have restrictions on artificial lures. In most cases, these restrictions limit the number of hooks on lure or the use of barbed hooks. When you buy a lure, it may not be "legal" out of the box. But the problem can be easily solved by removing or replacing hooks. In some cases, you can get away filing or pinching down barbs.

Lures can also get pretty expensive - especially if you lose a lot due to snags. Yet some of the best trout holding places are full of rocks, logs and weeds which are famous for snagging your lures. Anglers tend to adopt a "spare the lure" attitude and will avoid fishing in those areas. The downside to this attitude is that you may be losing out on catching that trophy trout!

Making your own lures costs a lot less money than buying them. Not only that, but the savings will help eliminate the "save the lure" attitude. So you'll become less concerned about snagging your lures when fishing in difficult trout holding lies.

My great-grandpa used to hand carve his own lures. While I'm not that skilled, I do enjoy buying and kits to make my own lures from scratch. And now, I'm enjoying teaching my nephew to do the same. We share a sense of accomplishment by making our own lures.

If you'd like to start making your own fishing lures, here's some resources you might helpful.

Wooden Lure Making - This eBook will show you step by step how to make your own wooden topwater lures. This eBook will also show you how to paint your wooden lures as well as paint a scale pattern on them. You'll learn how to make poppers, prop baits, and other topwater plugs. If you're a woodworker, you'll enjoy this book.

How to Make Fishing Lures - This 103-page eBook shows you how to make spoons, spinners, jigs, plugs, and more. It does a nice job of outlining the tools you'll need and some nice illustrations showing exact dimensions of the various lures you'll be making. This book is very clear and easy to understand.

If you like to know how to silver-plate your own lures, you'll definitely want to pick up a copy of the book, Spinner Fishing for Steelhead, Salmon and Trout by Jed Davis. Even if you have no interest in steelhead fishing, you won't find a better book with detailed instructions for silver plating your own lures. Few anglers realize the difference between silver and nickel plated lures. Yet it's a proven fact that silver is much more visible underwater than nickel is - and silver-plated lures are hard to find. This book shows you step by step how to make your own silver-plated lures.

With these resources, you'll be able to make your own fishing lures for all types of fishing.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Winter Trout Fishing Tips

Although Spring is quickly approaching, many of us are still enjoying the winter trout fishing season. Depending on where you live, you may be ice fishing or fishing in very cold water. Cold water means lethargic trout.

Some anglers are under the misconception that trout hibernate in winter when water temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. But this isn't true. The truth is that trout are generally holding in water to conserve energy during the cold winter months. You can still catch them - you just need to get your offering to them.

While trout aren't actively feeding in winter months, they still need eat to survive. Their feeding turns more to "maintenance" rather than eating everything nearby that appeals to them.

In rivers and streams, trout will usually be found hugging the bottom, where the water is warmer. They like deep pools of water, where the water is calmer. In lakes, trout will usually be found in shallower water, often times near shore. Again, they're looking for warmer water that has a good balance of dissolved oxygen.

Artificial lures are very effective on winter trout. Spoons and spinners often produce great results. When fished properly, these lures emit a flash and vibration that can entice non-feeding trout into striking. Often times, this is a defensive strike (trout trying to protect their territory). The flash helps trout to see the lure at a distance and can help wake them out of lethargic stupor. The vibration emits a frequency that sounds similar to baitfish.

Given the choice between a spinner of a spoon, choose spinners when fishing in calmer water and spoons when fishing in fast currents. This is because spinners tend to rise in fast moving water (which may not be where fish are). Likewise, faster moving currents help spoons move more erratically (making them more effective).

Some spoons are designed for jigging, meaning they're fished vertically in an up and down motion. Jigging spoons are typically used by ice fishers. Jigs are another popular ice fishing lure. There many variations to choose from , some with bucktails and some plain.

One way to make your lures more effective in winter is to add a mealworm or a piece of minnow or nightcrawler. Doing so will help appeal to a trout's sense of smell in addition to sight.

Just be sure to check your local fishing regulations ahead of time as some places have rules restricting the use of live bait and artificial lures.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Waxies and Wigglers - Trout Love 'Em!

Simply put, waxies and wigglers are worms. Waxies is another name for waxworms and wigglers are another name for nightcrawlers and other big wiggly worms.

While many of these worms are not commonly found in a trout's environment, they still love them (and so do other game fish). There are over 4,000 types of worms, and trout love them all.

Some of the worms used most often by trout anglers include, nightcrawlers, red worms, waxworms, and mealworms. Mealworms are favorite in my family. We've all caught countless trout and other fish using mealworms.

Many anglers dig up earthworms out of their own gardens to use for bait. Kids love digging up worms! Worms need moist soil to survive, so they'll often be found under big rocks and other structures that help keep the soil damp. Lay a board down in your garden and pour dishwater over it and you'll attract even more worms.

But for those of us who don't have gardens, another option is to buy worms at a local bait and tackle store on your way to the lake or river. Even Wal-mart sells worms for fishing.
But buying worms can get expensive - especially if you fish a lot. You can easily spend a couple hundred dollars a year buying worms. Of course, it's not always easy to find time to stop by the store.

Another option is to rear your own worms - which gives you an unlimited supply of live bait for the rest of your life! Buy them once, and you'll never have to buy worms again (assuming you care for them properly. Kids love worm farms and enjoy raising their own fishing bait.

If you're interested in starting own worm farm, check out the Worm Man. This site sells a large variety of worms including (waxies and wigglers) as well as other things trout like to eat (including, crickets, spikes, and crayfish). You can start your own worm farm today!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Live Bait Versus Artificials

Some anglers look (especially fly fishers) down on those that use live bait to catch trout. They consider the practice sort of like cheating. The use of live bait, to some, requires less finesse. These same anglers will argue that it takes more skill to fool a trout into taking an artificial fly or lure than it does to dangle live bait in front of trout.

While I can agree that it sometimes does take more skill and finesse to get trout to strike an artificial bait, I also believe that the use of live bait takes a bit of skill.

For one thing, it doesn't matter if you're using live natural baits or artificial, you still need to have the skills to figure out where trout are holding. It also takes a bit of know-how to properly hook your live bait and present it in a way that looks natural to trout (or they won't strike).

However, one of the downsides to using live bait is that trout will often swallow it making it difficult or impossible to remove the hook. This doesn't normally happen with lures.

If you plan to practice 'catch and release', you should avoid fishing with live bait. However, even when fishing for dinner there are times when you may need to release your catch (like when it's too small to keep). Fishing with live bait in this situation is perfectly acceptable, but you still may face the problem of having the fish swallow the hook.

One way to combat this problem is to use single barbless hooks (which are easier to remove). You can also pinch down or file the barb off your hooks to make them easier to remove from fish.
In situations where you can't remove the hook without causing internal damage to the fish, it's best to clip the line as close as you can to the hook without trying to remove it. Trout do have digestive enzymes that can dissolve the hook over time (unless it's stainless steel).

Whether you choose to use live bait (worms, minnows, etc.) or artificial lures, understanding the common problems associated with each as well as how to overcome them will make you a better angler while preserving trout fisheries for future generations.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Fly Fishing Clinic for Kids in Ohio

A special lottery is being held for kids interested in learning more about fly fishing. Thirty slots are reserved for the special clinic - 15 are available for the morning session that begins at 8 a.m., and another 15 for the afternoon session that begins at 1 p.m.

The beginners-only fly fishing clinic will take place on Friday, June 13, 2008 on a a half-mile section of Cold Creek at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery in Erie County.

Following the clinic, kids will be able to test their new skills by fishing for rainbow trout in Cold Creek.

To apply, applicants must submit a postcard listing their name, address, phone number and date of birth. Only one postcard per applicant is allowed and no duplicates may be submitted.

Postcards should be sent to: ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay, OH 45840, Attention: Youth Fly Fishing.

Successful applicants will receive an assigned session. Permits are non-transferable. All anglers must be age 16 or younger by the date of the session and be accompanied by a non-fishing adult.

For information on Ohio's fishery resources, call (800) WILDLIFE (1-800-945-5433)

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Fly Fishing Tournament in North Carolina

The 2008 Pisgah Fly Masters tournament will take place March 29-30 on the Davidson River in North Carolina.

The Fly Masters tournament will consist of casting for distance and accuracy on Saturday at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. On Sunday, the top 10 finishers will compete on a private portion of the Davidson River.

First place will take home a Sage 8-foot, six-inch Z Axis rod, Lamson Velocity reel with Rio fly line — and bragging rights.

You must register by February 15 to participate in the Pisgah Fly Masters Tournament. There is a $50 registration fee. Competition is limited to the first 125 entrants. For more information, contact Emilie Johnson at (828) 877-4423.

Proceeds from the event will be used to benefit classroom construction at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education ( a visitor and learning facility near Brevard). The planned classroom will be used for educational programs including aquatic habitats, fly fishing and fly tying.

You can check out the rules for the Pisgah Fly Masters Tournament by clicking here.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Winter Trout Fishing Opens Feb. 1 in Newfoundland

The much awaited winter trout fishing season has finally arrived for many Canadians. On February 1st, 2008 the Winter trout fishing season will open in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The following details were printed on the Western Star's web site.

This your chance to head to the ice and enjoy some ice fishing. Special trout management zones will be open for winter trout fishing until April 1st, 2008. These include the Middle Brook and Indian Bay River watersheds and Star Lake.

The season for both the Labrador Straits and southeastern Labrador will open March 1 and close Sept. 7. The season in western Labrador is scheduled to close Sept. 7, while the region taking in central and northern Labrador will remain open until Sept. 15.

The daily bag limit for inland and tidal waters of insular Newfoundland, and brook trout in Labrador, for all trout species combined, is 12 trout or five pounds (2.27 kilograms), plus one fish, whichever is reached first. The daily bag limit for Labrador lake trout and Arctic char is two fish per day.

In special trout management areas, the daily bag limit is six trout or two pounds (0.9 kilograms), plus one fish, whichever is reached first.

The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit with the exception of the special trout management areas, where the possession limit is the daily bag limit.

While fishing through the ice, anglers are permitted to use three separate lines which must be closely and constantly attended by the angler.

Keep in mind that trout (even Lake trout) are usually hanging in shallow water this time of year (8 - 15 feet) where there's plenty of food and oxygenated water. Using a jig tipped with a nightcrawler often produces great results when ice fishing for Lake trout. Spoons tipped with bait are also effective.

For more Lake trout ice fishing tips, click here.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Youth Trout Derby at Lake Poway

This Saturday will Lake Poway will be hosting a Youth Trout Derby.

The lake will be closed Thursday and Friday so it can be stocked with 4,000 pounds of rainbow trout (1,000 pounds of which are estimated to be trophy-sized fish for the kids).

Only kids 15 and under will be allowed to fish (no adult permits will be sold until after noon).
Registration starts at 6 a.m. and all kids must register to participate. However, adults may assist youngsters who need help.

There will be a free barbecue lunch and lots of raffle prizes and great awards for kids who win the various divisions with big fish or stringers of trout.

The award ceremony commences at 1 p.m. and features a kids' "Best Fishing Story Contest."

Motor boats will only be rented to adults who have kids entered in the derby.

The lake's shoreline has been restricted somewhat due to damage from the Witch Creek Fire, but there are still plenty of spots on the north and west shorelines.

Also, to prevent the spread of quagga mussels in the lake, anglers are restricted from using live bait such as shiners and crawdads from any source other than the Lake Poway Concession.

For more information, call (858) 668-4770 or the concession at (858) 486-1234. For more information about Lake Poway, click here.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

26th Annual Pool Trout Fishout - Feb 8-10

The 26th Annual Pool Trout Fishout will take place February 8-10, 2008 at Southwood Hallaran Pool (a.k.a. Cindy Hallaran Pool at 1600 Rock Prairie Rd). The event is hosted by the College Station Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division and is a great opportunity for kids and beginners to learn about trout fishing.

There is a $3 entry fee for everyone ages 3 and up. Anglers can bring their own tackle or rent fishing rods for $2 each. Fish will bite on corn, cheese, worms or lures. Please do not use liver, parts of chicken or hot dogs!

The bag limit is five fish per individual. There is an additional $1.50 charge for each fish over the limit.

The pool will be stocked with 1000 lbs. of trout and prizes will be awarded for catching tagged fish.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, February 8th
6 am - 4 pm: General Public
4 pm - 6 pm: Children 10 years and under
6 pm - 8 pm: General Public

Saturday, February 9th
7 am - 9 am: General Public
9 am - 12 pm: Children 10 years and under
12:30 pm* - 7 pm: General Public

There will be a thirty minute break from 12 pm to 12:30 pm to clean the pool and all patrons will be asked to exit the facility at this time. Any person re-entering the pool for the next session will be required to re-pay the entry fee.

Sunday, February 10th
12 pm - 3 pm: Children 10 years and under
3 pm - 5 pm: General Public

For more information, or to ask about special services (in compliance with ADA), call: Parks & Recreation (979)764-3540 or Southwood Pool (979)764-3787.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

18th Annual Trout Fishing Clinic in Texas

Texas' 18th Annual Trout Fishing Clinic will be help at Fort Parker State Park in Mexia January 26th and 27th, 2008.

This annual trout-fishing clinic is an opportunity to introduce children to the fun of fishing.

There will be Mexia Bass Club members present to teach casting, knot tying, and how to catch fish. Equipment and bait will be provided.

The clinic will be broken up by age groups. On Saturday, January 26th, there will be lessons for kids ages 5-12 from from 9-11 am, 12-2 pm, and 3-5 pm.

Then on Sunday, January 27th kids 13-17 will get their turn from 1-3 pm.

Register your children now by calling Fort Parker State Park between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm daily at 254-562-5751.

The only charge is an entry fee of $2.00 per adult. Everyone 12 and under is free.

The annual trout-fishing clinic is hosted by the Mexia Bass Club, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Fort Parker State Park.

Monday, January 21, 2008

7 New Trout Records Set in 2007

Last year, there were 18 new trout records set. This year, 7 more trout records were set across the United States.

Colorado gained two new trout records in 2007 - one for Lake trout, and one for Cutbows.
The new state record for Lake trout is 50.35 lbs (44.25 inches). This fish was caught in Blue Mesa Reservoir. The new cutbow record is 18 lbs 8 oz (28.5 inches), which was caught in Antero Reservoir.

Idaho recorded a new state record for brown trout. The fish weighed 27 lbs 5 ounces and measured 37 inches in length. It was caught in Ashton Reservoir in November. The previous brown trout record was 26 lbs 6 oz and 36.5 inches in length.

Kansas also logged a new brown trout record. Caught in May of 2007 in the Mined Land Wildlife Area, this fish weighed 7.68 oz and measured 10.66 inches in length.

Michigan also has a new state record for brown trout (36.81 lbs / 42 inches). This trout was caught in the Lake Michigan. The previous record weighed 34.62 lbs and measured 40.5 inches.

Last, but not least, Wyoming recorded a new state record for tiger trout. The fish weighed 3.33 lbs and measured 22 inches in length. It was caught High Savery Reservoir in November.

And of course, don't forget a new world record for rainbow trout was set in June 2007.

As you can see by the new trout records, this was the year for brown trout! It will be interesting to see what (if any) new trout records will be set in 2008!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Trout Tournament at Lake Pawhuska Feb. 16

The annual Lake Pawhuska Trout Tournament will take place February 16th, 2008. Each year cash prizes are awarded to those who catch the top five heaviest fish and the top five heaviest stringers. Cash prizes are also awarded for anglers who catch tagged fish.

If you pre-register for the event, your entry fee will cost $20. However, you can register on the day of the tournament too and pay an entry fee of $30. Folks interested in pre-registering should contact the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce.

Anglers must have Oklahoma fishing and trout licenses and follow all state and Derby rules, which are available at Oklahoma's Department of Wildlife web site.

For more information, call (918) 287-1208.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

5th Annual Bob McMillen Memorial Fishing Tournament

The 5th Annual Bob McMillen Memorial Fishing Tournament will take place February 2, 2008 at t Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton. Oak Grover's lake will be stocked with approximately 2,000 lbs. of rainbow trout prior to the event.

The tournament will be open to all ages and feature three competitions:
  • Youth (ages 10 and under),
  • Teen (ages 11 - 17) and
  • Adult (ages 18 and over).
Each competition will measure the individual heaviest weight of one trout caught by the participating contestant. Prizes will be awarded in each of the categories following the tournament. Food will be available for purchase.

Park gates will be open at 6:15 a.m., registration closes at 10 a.m. and the last weigh-in is at 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded shortly thereafter.

There is no registration fee for the event; however, a $3 fishing permit fee and valid California Fishing License is required for anyone 16 years of age or older. There's also a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Participants must supply their own fishing equipment.

For more information, please call San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation at (209) 331-2050. Oak Grove Regional Park is located on Eight Mile Road and Interstate 5 in Stockton.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Trout Fishing for Beginners

Unlike other types of fishing, trout fishing can be a bit more challenging at times - which often results in much frustration. The trick to trout fishing, is understanding trout - their needs and behavior. Once you understand trout, it’s a lot easier to catch them more consistently.

Like people, trout have basic needs:
  • They need to feel secure in their environment from predators
  • They need to be comfortable (that is, water temperatures needs to be comfortable and they need plenty of dissolved oxygen to breath)
  • They need to have a food source
When these needs are met, trout will feed (or be more open to take your bait). When one or more of these basic needs aren’t being met, they'll stop feeding (and you'll have a very hard time catching them).

Trout are cold-blooded fish - meaning they like cool water. They're ideal water temperature is between 50-68 degrees Fahrenheit. When water temperatures get much cooler than this, trout become very lethargic. When water temperatures rise above 70 degrees (as it often does in summer time), trout start to suffocate and die.

Trout also need clean water that is well oxygenated. The amount of dissolved oxygen in the water is dependent on a few different factors including water temperatures, currents (i.e., moving water), and underwater plant growth.

Trout metabolism is affected by the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water - which in turn is affected by the factors mentioned above. Maintaining their comfort zone is a huge priority for trout. And when trout aren’t comfortable, they won't feed (and it becomes nearly impossible to catch them).

Since water temperature is largely affected by outdoor temperature, summer months tend to be the most challenging for trout anglers. When water temperatures get high, trout will often seek cooler water temps. Understanding this, will help you know where to find trout.

Security is another big priority for trout. They have many predators, including other fish, animals, and humans. For this reason, trout will hang out in portions of the water that provide them cover from predators. This includes big rocks, logs, uncut banks, and currents (assuming they're not too strong). Understanding this will help you understand where to find trout in rivers and streams.

And lastly, trout will usually be found where the food source is. Trout don't like to work hard for a meal. So they will usually hang out near a good food source. This means you'll have a better chance of catching trout, if you can get your baited hook close to them.

Half the battle in trout fishing, is knowing where to find trout. And understanding a trout's basic needs will greatly increase your chances of knowing where to find them - which in turn will increase your chances of catching trout!

For a more detailed understanding of the principles mentioned above, check out the "Trout Fishing Tips" eBook.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Speckled Trout Fishing Excellent in Tarpon Springs

According to a recent fishing report, speckled trout fishing has really heated up due to warmer water temperatures. Folks in Tarpon Springs, Florida are pulling them in like crazy live white baits, live shrimp, jigs, and crank baits.

For more information, on speckled trout action in Tarpon Springs, click here.

For speckled trout fishing tips, click here.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Litchfield Park Kiwanis Winter Trout Derby

This year's Winter Trout Derby will take place on January 19, 2008 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. The derby will begin at 7 a.m. at Tierra Verde Lake Park and run til 3 p.m.

The trout derby is open to everybody, so bring the whole family. They'll be food, prizes, and giveaways. Bring your own pole and tackle.

No fishing licenses are required for the day, but there is a small fee per person wishing to participate in the derby. Fees are $4 for kids 15 years of age and under; $6 for folks 16 and older. No pre-registration is required.

For more information about the Winter Trout Derby, you can all (623) 935-9040.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

7th Annual Jasper Youth Trout Derby

This year's Jasper Youth Trout Derby will take place on January 12, 2008 between 10 a.m. and noon at the Jasper City Park Pond.

It is a FREE event for youth 16 years of age and younger. No pre-registration is required - so just bring the kids out for this fun fishing event.

Prior to derby, the Jasper City Park Pond will be stocked with 1,800 rainbow trout.

Prizes will be awarded in three different age categories for:
  • largest trout
  • smallest trout, and
  • largest other species caught.
Drawings for additional prizes will take place at the conclusion of the event.

All participants are encouraged to bring their own rod and reels. However, a very limited number of rods and reels will be provided for those who need them.

Fishing bait (earthworms and kernel corn) and tackle (hooks, sinkers, and bobbers) will be provided.

Free hot dogs and drinks will also be served. No fishing licenses are required for youth 16 years of age or younger. The daily bag limit for rainbow trout is 5 fish and participants are welcome to harvest up to 5 trout at the event.

For more information regarding the trout derby, contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries Management Office at (409) 384-9572 or email inquiries to:

Friday, January 04, 2008

2008 Fly Fishing Show in Denver

The 2008 Fly Fishing Show kicks off this weekend in Denver, Colorado. You can catch it January 4th, 5th, and 6th at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

Other dates and locations for this year fly fishing show include:
  • Marlborough, MA (Royal Plaza Trade Center; Jan. 18-20)
  • Somerset, NJ (Garden State Exhibit Center; Jan. 25-27)
  • Bellevue, WA (Meydenbauer Center; Feb. 1-3)
  • Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Merchandise Mart; Feb. 8-10)
  • Pleasanton, CA (Alemeda County Fairgrounds; Feb 22-24)
  • Pasadena, CA (Pasadena Center, March 1-2)
The show in Portland, Oregon has been postponed. For more information about this year's Annual Fly Fishing Show, visit the links below:

2008 Fly Fishing Show West

2008 Fly Fishing Show East

Help Preserve Trout Stocks in the U.K.

Interested in helping the Environment Agency preserve trout stocks in the UK? Here's your chance!

The Environment Agency is to look into trout fishing and stocks on local rivers and want to promote a log book scheme. They'd like to find at least 10 Tyne trout anglers who will be prepared to complete log books every time they fish, including catch details, fly life, bird life, etc.

They're also looking for anglers who fish other local rivers. Folks interested in this project should contact Michael Donkin, Ecological Appraisal Officer, Environment Agency, Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AR, or telephone (0191) 203 4060.

With trout stocks declining on local rivers and trout anglers disappearing from the river banks, it is important that those trout anglers who still fish local rivers give their input to the EA.

Without data there is no proof the stocks just aren’t there. With such light trout angling pressure on the lower main Tyne these days, the river should be full of trout, including lots of take-able fish. This is just not the case.

For recent trout fishing reports in the UK, click here.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tennessee Urban Winter Trout Stockings

There have been several changes lately to Tennessee's winter trout stocking schedule due to drought conditions.

Lake Junior in Chattanooga was stocked with approximately 3,000 trout on Thursday January 3, 2008. Fishing will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of April. The bag limit is seven trout per day. Fisherman must possess the appropriate fishing licenses.

J. Percy Priest Tailwater (Nashville) is scheduled to be stocked today (4-Jan.-08) with trout. Several other urban lakes are scheduled for stocking on January 9, 2008.

For the current schedule of winter trout stockings, click here.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Trout Fishing Has Improved at Lake Melones

Thanks to heavier winter trout stockings by the California Department of Fish and Game, trout fishing has improved at Lake Melones.

Rainbow trout are hanging in near the shoreline in shallow water. Anglers are doing well on PowerBait (chartreuse or rainbow glitter) and worm-marshmallow combos (floated off bottom using a 18-24 inch leader). Angel's Cove and Glory Hole Point are current hot spots.

Trollers should concentrate on the main lake in the dam/spillway area, or in the mouths of major coves such as Angels Cove, Glory Hole Cove, or Mormon Cove. Trout are being found fairly shallow (up to 15 feet deep). Anglers having the best luck are using shad-patterned lures such as Apex, Needlefish or Rapala Countdowns, and they are not using dodgers or flashers.

North Shore Anglers at Lake Camanche are also reporting good success with PowerBait and Kastmaster lures. This week's trout plant of 1,200 pounds will be split between the South Shore Pond and South Shore launch ramp.