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Good Baits To Use For Fresh Water Fishing

Updated on March 21, 2013
Its important to know good baits to use for fresh water fishing. If you know the right bait you will be the one catching the fish.
Its important to know good baits to use for fresh water fishing. If you know the right bait you will be the one catching the fish.

Good Baits To Use For Fresh Water Fishing

Its very important when fishing to know the good baits to use for fresh water fishing. And even though you think your friends with the guys at the fishing pond or lake they may not tell you the right bait or the right way to catch that big rainbow trout or huge catfish. Here on this page you will find some of the best fishing secrets you will ever read. Try them and you'll find your self catching the fish.

How To Catch Trout Every Time.

I used to go trout fishing all the time on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in the tribal trout ponds in front of K.O.A. Campground on Big Cove road and I would set there and I could see the trout swimming all around my bait but they wouldn't touch it. I wanted to jump in the pond and throw the trout out of the pond.

I started doing research until I came across a way to catch trout out of a pond , lake or pool in a river almost every time I wanted to. It was really simple when I finally figured it out. Guess what you need. It really is simple.

You can really use any type of bait casting or spinning reel and you need clear plastic bobbers , small split shot and a supply of various colored dry flies usually used for fly fishing but were going to think outside the box and present our dry flies to the trout in a new way that will have them going after your flies and you will be catching some nice trout.

You want to set your rod and reel up with your plastic clear bobber at the top and 24 - 30 inches down you want the dry fly. Black ones worked best for me in the ponds up at Cherokee North Carolina. You may or may not want to use a very small split shot about 12 inches up the line from the dry fly. Cast your dry fly out and let it set there for a minute or so and then about every minute just give the line a little jiggle and tug and before you know it a big trout will grab the dry fly and in no time at all you will have your limit. If you try one color dry fly for 45 minutes or so with no action try a different color. Black , red or bright green will usually catch the average trout. But you may come up with a particular color that works for your pond or lake.

The clear plastic bobber is very important and you will want to purchase a supply in various sizes. Dry fly's fished under a clear plastic bobber will produce hits from trout when nothing else seems to work. I have had great success using the same method in large pools in rivers and streams.

Small worms are perfect for farm ponds and the small bream and other pan fish found in them.
Small worms are perfect for farm ponds and the small bream and other pan fish found in them.

If your fishing where you know there are a lot of small pan fish like bream , perch , sunfish , crappie etc I would suggest either purchasing or digging you up a supply of small worms to fish about 18 to 24 inches under a small to medium size bobber.

Put your worm on a small hook with little or none of the worm hanging off and cast out into places where you suspect fish may be waiting. If you've never been fishing before you won't believe the thrill you will get when you see that bobber vanish under the water the first time. There really isn't another feeling like it in the world.

If your worms are to large for the hook its perfectly alright to break your worm in half and use a half of a small worm. But keep in mind you want fresh active worms and you will catch more fish. If your fishing in a small pond and not catching any fish try throwing further out or look for a large rock or log in the water and fish your bait near it. Once you learn where the fish are in a particular pond or lake you will usually find fish there every time you go back.

You can also try crickets or small grasshoppers for pan fish. Hook your cricket or grasshopper through the back to keep it alive and kicking the longest. Movement in the water will attract fish and before you know it you'll have big bream grabbing your bait. Be sure to keep crickets cool and in the shade and if you use them several days place a sponge with water in with the crickets and a piece of bread or lettuce.

Pan Fish and trout sometimes love meal worms. Take some along and try them to see if the fish in your area will bite them.

If your not sure be sure you know what fresh or live bait you can use legally in a particular stream , pond or lake. Check the regulations in your area to see if you need a fishing license.I would suggest checking with your local fish and game officers and obtain a copy of the fishing regulations for your area.

If you go fishing with a group of people have each person to try a different bait to see what works best and then everyone can use what works.

Don't litter. Don't throw bait containers down. We even take a trash bag along and pick up other peoples trash. Try to leave any place you go fishing as clean or cleaner than when you first got there.

Catfishing Secrets

Catfish are great fun to catch and eat. There's nothing like fresh caught and fried up  salt and pepper catfish.
Catfish are great fun to catch and eat. There's nothing like fresh caught and fried up salt and pepper catfish.

Secrets To Catch Catfish

If you use the right bait you can catch catfish almost every time you go fishing. And you will find that catfish in different lakes , ponds and streams will bite on different baits. What works for one pond , stream or lake may not work in another. The below baits will usually work though. One may work better than others so give them all a try until you find the bait that lets you catch the most catfish.

Good Baits To Use For Catfish.

1. Cut Bait , you can buy mullet or other bait fish and cut them up for bait.

2. Large night crawlers will often entice large catfish into biting.

3. Chicken Livers are a great bait. lay them out and let them dry out a little before putting them on the hook.

4. You can make a great dough bait for catfish out of cooked white rice , flour , cornmeal , and strawberry jello powder. Mix it all together and you want it so it will for a tight ball and let you shape it around your hook.

5. Fresh uncooked shrimp is a great bait for catfish. For better results soak it in vanilla flavoring for an hour or two and you will catch more fish.

And those are five great baits for catfish. One or more of them can probably be used in your local stream , lake or pond to catch a lot of catfish. Try fishing for catfish on the bottom and under a bobber. See what works best for you.

Please Post Your Fishing Comments Below Now

Small worms , corn , and crickets are good baits to use for fresh water fishing.
Small worms , corn , and crickets are good baits to use for fresh water fishing.

Please post your fishing comments , tips , and suggestions now. Let me hear from you please.

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      Hunter Hal 

      4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Another good one and small water bait is a white jig head with a black skirt tipped with a full night crawler somehow you'll never miss with that.

      And chicken and turkey hearts make great catfish baits and stay on the hook better.. Thanks for the article, nice job

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      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the information. I will tell my husband about this. Voted up and more!

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      6 years ago

      Good information for the fisherman. I like the part about cleaning up after yourself and never leaving junk behind, even cleaning up the area a bit if you are able.

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      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I live about a 3 minute drive from the hatchery your talking about. I go to the hatchery and catch trout all the time. I was there a couple days ago. The fish from there are delicious.

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      7 years ago from Virgina


      Thanks for the article it brought back many memories for me. We use to take our kids to Cherokee on vacation and I never caught anything but had a great time playing in the river with the kids. When my son was just a little more than a toddler he wanted to go fishing so I took him to the trout hatchery there and he caught several from the hatchery pond. We cleaned them and cooked them over our campfire that night. He was o proud and my wife still says that was the best fish she has ever eaten. You live in a beautiful part of the world.

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      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

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      Louise little 

      8 years ago

      My hobby is fishing. I go to a fishing shops every month to see what they have new to sell for fishing. My email address is I go to fishing every time I have extra money. I even joined a fishing club. That's just how much I love to fish. Fishing Will help you forget all your problems.

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      8 years ago

      what is the main bait to catch all kinds of fishes in freshwater

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      Granny's House 

      9 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      crazyhourse. I had no choice i had to learn to fish. my husband worked away from home. We had to boys. Someone had to take them. I fish all the time. I find it very relaxing(except when the G-boys are with me)Thank you for the tips. I will rate and bookmark

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      Barbara Bethard 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Az

      I love to fish...hate to clean the fish, really hate cooking the fish and totally despise cleaning up the kitchen after the fish...but I love to fish lol

      what i relly like is just the day dreaming dad said i just loved to feed the fish..I now have a 45 gallon aquarium finally after half a lifetime of wanting one

      but when I was little all we really used was rolled bits of bread...sometimes mom would give us the hard part of the cheddar brother Johnny can catch anything at any time with little to fact I have seen him catch fish without bait!!!

      but reading this/crazyhorsesghost/brought back some good memories and I thank you for that...I needed some of that today!!!


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