How to Fish With a Float Tube

How to Fish With a Float Tube
Float tube fishing allows anglers to access difficult areas of a lake or pond while making a minimal disturbance. Float tubes are lightweight and easy to transport in small vehicles and into the back country. Float tube fisherman have an advantage in mobility and can access water that shore and boat anglers cannot reach. The prop on a boat limits the angler when crossing shallow sandbars and the shore makes it difficult to back-cast and reach fish in deeper water. Boats are also noisy and can spook fish on approach. When properly used, the float tube is an excellent fishing tool.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You’ll Need:
  • Waders
  • Booties
  • Life vest
  • Fins
  • Fin tethers
  • Pump
  • Fishing equipment
Step 1
Put on your waders and booties. Inflate the float tube using a multiple chamber pump. Tie the tube to a stable object to prevent blowing away in the wind.
Step 2
Put your fishing gear in the pockets of the float tube. Assemble your rod and tie a lure or fly to the line. It is difficult to string a rod while in the water. Do this while on shore.
Step 3
Secure the fins to your feet and strap the fin tethers around your ankle to prevent losing the fins while in the water. Put on your life vest.
Step 4
Step into the float tube and buckle the seat strap between your legs. Slowly walk backward and enter the water until you can comfortably sit in waist deep water. Test the tube by putting all your weight on the seat and be sure the seat is secure. Kick with the fins while close to shore to test for security. Begin kicking away from the shoreline.


Step 1
Fish around the edge of weed beds and rocky points. Use a slow retrieve in deep water and a moderately fast retrieve in shallow water. Always watch the surface of the water for rising fish. If multiple fish are rising, use a dry fly.
Step 2
Allow the wind to push your float tube into isolated coves. The wind will also be pushing food and fish into the cove.
Step 3
Fight the wind when it pushes you toward the middle of a large body of water. You do not want to be stranded in the middle of the lake and it is difficult to swim the float tube back toward the launch point.
Step 4
Kick your legs at a moderate pace and move slowly across the water. Lean in the direction you are traveling and maintain a relaxed posture. Only use the fins when necessary.

Tips & Warnings

Use your float tube to access isolated coves and rugged shorelines. Choose either a floating or sinking line based on the depth of the water you will be fishing.
Float tube fishing is dangerous and should not be attempted in extremely windy conditions. Always wear a life jacket and test the tube for leaks before use on the water.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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