Canoe Fishing Tips

Canoe Fishing Tips
Canoe fishing is a worthy alternative to motor-driven boating. A suitable alternative for anglers who prefer a green approach to their sport, canoe fishing also means a quieter environment and the ability to maneuver in shallow waters and narrow inlets.

In addition to understanding how best to use the canoe to your advantage when fishing, it is just as important to choose the best canoe for the application. By setting a few minutes aside to consider these options, anglers may increase their chances of reeling in fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Canoe Selection & Rigging

Step 1
Choose a canoe that is not too narrow or wide. Narrow canoes are more easily tipped. Avoid wider canoes as they are difficult to maneuver in tight spaces and are more cumbersome to transport.

Search for a canoe with a length between 12 to 15 feet and a width of close to two feet.
Step 2
Rig your canoe with safety and efficiency in mind. Choose swiveling seats with backrests for comfort and easier maneuvering. Use a floor rack to keep feet dry and to avoid an uneven canoe hull or protruding ribs. Add rod holders to avoid tripping or snapping equipment in half.
Step 3
Attach an anchor to the canoe for pausing when fishing areas with a current. Pick a 6 lb. anchor and mount it to a line attached to a canoe eyelet.
Step 4
Secure all items not being used. Attach tackle boxes and secondary equipment directly to the canoe to avoid the possibility of having to dive to the bottom of the lake to retrieve your gear if the canoe tips.
Step 5
Bring a waterproof bag for clothing, electronics and food. Secure this bag to the canoe.
Step 6
Hook tools commonly used such as pliers to carabiners and connect the opposite end to the canoe supports for easy access.
Step 7
Fish with a partner to maintain your position more easily in water currents. Predetermine how often you will switch paddling duties. Paddle from the stern, or the rear of the boat, for best results.
Step 8
Cast toward the banks of streams or lakes in areas where weeds grow. Seek to pinpoint your casts along the outer edge of these growth areas.

Canoe Fishing Methods

Step 1
Avoid canoe fishing in fast-moving currents. Fish in areas with little to no current, such as in streams, lakes and reservoirs.
Step 2
Travel with stealth when fishing smaller streams where fish are more likely to be frightened by unusual noises. Avoid dropping or knocking paddles or other equipment against the canoe.
Step 3
Anchor the canoe outside the areas where streams open up into small pools. Try to keep the canoe over sandy, barren areas where fish are less likely to be found. Cast into pools as they are likely habitats for fish.
Step 4
Cast further away from the canoe than normal when fishing in especially clear or shallow water. Fish are often more wary in these conditions.

Tips & Warnings

Though it might present a silly picture, a mountable umbrella can save you from a painful sunburn on hot days.
Study the waterways to be fished so you won't be surprised by rapids, which could place you in danger.
Wear a life vest and learn how to properly steer your canoe.

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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