FIND FISHING REPORTS IN YOUR STATE
Find local fishing reports to keep you up-to-date on local fishing information. Find out where to fish, where the fish are biting, the best places to go and what baits and lures to use to catch big fish today.
TYPES OF FISHING REPORTS
There are different types of fishing reports, including online fishing reports, saltwater fishing reports, freshwater fishing reports and delta fishing reports.
ONLINE FISHING REPORTS
Online fishing reports will give you information about what kinds of fish are biting. Every game fish will have an entry in your local fishing reports. If you're just fishing recreationally and don't care what you catch — for example, if you're just taking the kids or grandkids out — then it might not matter so much. But most anglers like to know exactly what's under the surface. Most local fishing reports give a very easy rundown on how easy it is to catch fish in a specific area. They often rate spots as Poor, Fair, Good or Excellent. This takes a lot of the guesswork out.
Some fishing reports will tell you the size of fish that are being pulled up. This figure has some variation from one fishing report to another. Some will note the largest one caught and that's it. Some will give a range of common sizes that have been reported. There's a variety of information here, and all of it is dependent on what anglers are reporting.
SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS
Saltwater Fishing Reports are essential for ocean and bay fishing. The most important part of a saltwater report is location. It is a big area out there to fish in. Some spots are better than others. This type of fishing report will tell you where you need to go. It is a huge time saver. Instead of your having to cruise around looking for fish, these reports will tell you where to go. Just cruise out and drop anchor, and you will be able to find what you need.
There are a lot of fish in the sea, as the saying goes. But what is it you are looking for? If you are casting for grouper, you do not want to be going where people are casting for marlin. Different areas are better for bottom feeders versus fish that swim near the surface. Do not look at the reports for just any kind of fish. Look at them for the type of fish you want.
FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS
You must have heard the rule: “Location, location, location.” This rule doesn't just apply to real estate; it applies to fishing as well. The most important piece of information to gather from a fishing report is where they're biting. It's not as simple as pulling up to a lake and giving it a shot. You might be very disappointed that day. Now, when it comes to freshwater locations, there is not as big of a range as in salt water. Some rivers and lakes are quite large, though, and it can be hard to find just the right spots.
Additionally, there are some river branches and streams that you might not know about. Or, there might be a quiet spot that might be a good place to go that you might not have heard of. Take the advice of seasoned anglers. Freshwater fishing reports will tell you what is in the river and where to find it.
Freshwater reports can also indicate safety issues. If the water suddenly becomes shallow in spots, or if there are faster-moving waters in some places, a report will tell you this. Freshwater is more likely to be affected by heavy rainfall, making slow streams fast. A daily report would tell you about that.
DELTA FISHING REPORTS
Being specific is vital when you're looking for appropriate reports. If you're casting at a river delta, you're going to need a delta fishing report. As any angler knows, there's a huge difference from one body of water to another. There could even be a huge difference from upstream to downstream. Deltas have a unique makeup, as they are often where fresh and salt water merge. There is a lot of silt and vegetative material that creates swamps down in the area, and it is a good idea to check a local fishing report to know your way around.
Sources: Southern Fishing and US Fishing.