Drifting a Bait

Drift fishing requires some weight to get the bait down, but the motion of the boat moves the bait through the water slowly. You can also drift a bait under a bobber or popping cork.

Drift Fishing

Drift fishing allows you to fish over a variety of habitats as your boat drifts with the currents or wind movement. You can drift fish on the bottom or change the depth with a bobber or float. Natural baits work best. But jigs, lures and artificial flies will produce good results, too. You can drift fish on ponds, lakes, rivers and streams any time of the day and year.

Drifting a Bait: Basics

  • Both live and cut baits can be drifted with a weight on your line to keep it near the bottom, or suspended beneath a bobber or popping cork.
  • The difference between drifting a bait and bottom fishing is motion.

Learn more about other fishing techniques using live bait in our next section.