Good Local Fishing Spots

You may be surprised to discover that some good local fishing spots may be closer than you think.

When was the last time you opened a road map? There’re probably some blue areas nearby that you haven’t explored. Or have you tried our fish and boat app? Not only will it help you locate bodies of water but you can find points of interest like boat ramps, marinas, and bait shops.  Next time you drive back from work or the store, keep your eyes open for fishing spots. I’ll bet there is a pond or an access point on the river you’ve overlooked.

When you do find a new local spot, where and how do you start fishing?

In fall, I generally like to start shallow and slowly work deeper. Fish are still active along the warmer shorelines and may follow baitfish such as shad, well up into the feeder creeks.  Begin with any visible structure like a dock or fallen tree to see if you can be the ball rolling. 

Because this is new water, I may proceed with caution and work weedless presentations of soft plastics until I get a better handle on the various obstacles which may lurk below. A lure like a spinnerbait also is a great lure for covering water and locating active fish without snagging brush and vegetation. 

Additionally, start thinking about a slower presentation. In warmer water, a bass will actively go pick up a rubber worm just lying on the bottom motionless. The colder it gets, the more you really have to get in front of the fish’s nose and force them to make a decision.

Fall fishing pressure often is reduced in many areas. Fair weather anglers who would rather not even put on a coat are missing some great action. Pay attention to weather patterns, as this time of year the bite can be very hit-and-miss. I prefer a little bit of wind and clouds over calm conditions and bright, “bluebird” skies. Wind seems to keep fish active.

And even though it is late in the year, make sure your fishing license is up-to-date before trying your new local fishing spot.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.