How to Fish From Float Tubes

How to Fish From Float Tubes
Fishing from a float tube allows the angler to access areas that are not available to shore fishermen. Float tubes are ideal for lake fishing but can also be used on very slow-moving rivers. The tube has the advantage of a low profile and makes much less noise than a boat. Force fins have the ability to move the tube and allow the angler control over the direction of movement. Float tubes are also ideal for fishing in narrow channels and bays where boats have limited access.


Difficulty: Moderate


Things You’ll Need:
  • Float tube
  • Waders
  • Neoprene booties
  • Force fins
  • Fin tethers
  • Life vest
  • Fishing equipment
  • Float tube anchor
Step 1
Inflate the float tube near the lake you plan on fishing. Tie the tube to a rock or tree to prevent it from blowing away. Put on your waders, neoprene booties and life vest.
Step 2
Place your fishing equipment in the float tube pockets. Protect the tube by storing all lures and hooks inside plastic compartment boxes. Assemble your rod and tie the lure or fly of your choice on the line. Rod assembly is very difficult once you are in the lake.
Step 3
Move the tube to the edge of the water. Secure the fins to your feet and secure the fin tethers to the fins and around your ankles. Step in the float tube and walk backwards into the lake. Once you enter water deeper than your knees, sit in the tube.
Step 4
Use the fins to propel the tube away from the shore and begin fishing. The fins should also be used to change directions or hold position with a fluid kicking motion.


Step 1
Use the float tube to troll by kicking in a slow, soft motion. Troll along rocky points and weed beds to find fish. Vary the depth and rate of retrieve until you are consistently finding fish.
Step 2
Use the float tube to access narrow channels and shallow bays. These areas do not receive heavy fishing pressure because they are difficult to access by boat and by foot. Mud bays are full of midges and aquatic life and will hold trout, panfish and bass. Look for fish eating on the surface and approach slowly and quietly.
Step 3
Do not fight the wind. The wind will blow insects into bays and shorelines and the fish will follow the food. Allow the wind to push your tube and continue fishing. Be aware of the distance you are being pushed and be prepared to fight the wind if it is pushing you a long distance from your takeout point.
Step 4
Use the float tube anchor to hold your position when the fishing is good. Cast toward or away from the shore and fish around structure. Look for dramatic depth changes and fish around the transition areas where fish are likely to migrate.

Tips & Warnings

Float tubes are designed to move long distances, and fishermen using them should focus on a single bay or shoreline. Float tube anglers can also use the tube to access low-pressure areas where boat and foot traffic are limited.
Float tube fishing requires physical movements that should not be attempted by people with health issues. Float tubes can be dangerous, and tubers should wear a life vest at all times.

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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