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Lake vs River Fishing

Fishing is a favorite sport/past time. Some anglers prefer to fish in a river while others prefer the wide opens spaces of a lake. Both are great for fishing and come with their own set of easy tips to follow. 

Tips for Lake Fishing

  • Lake fishing can be a peaceful, relaxing way to reel in a big one. While larger lakes can have rough waters, smaller lakes are generally calm and perfect for fishing. There are a few tips to follow if you’re new to lake fishing.

  • Pick the Right Bait – Learn about the fish in the body of water you plan on fishing. Choose the right bait for them and fresh water. Fishing jigs are always reliable in any lake.

  • Find the Right Spots – First, scope out any areas heavy with weeds. Large fish like northern pike and bass like to lurk in the weeds while they wait for their prey. Also use inlets and outlets to your advantage. These areas are a bit cooler and are a favorite among many species of fish.

  • Pay Attention to the Heat – As the temperature rises, the deeper parts of the lake will still remain cool. This is where the fish will retreat to to beat the heat. When the temperatures are lower–around dawn and dusk–fish will migrate closer to the shallow water.

Tips for River Fishing

  • Fishing in a river isn’t much different than fishing in a lake. The main difference is water movement. With a river, water is constantly flowing which can be potentially dangerous for anglers out on the water. Thankfully, most rivers have water locks or dams that control the flow of the water. These places also make great spots for fishing.

  • Use Live Bait – Using live bait and bouncing it along the bottom of the river looks realistic to any hungry fish. Bounce it with the current so it looks like it’s actually bait fish, and not bait hooked to your fishing gear.

  • Use the Backwaters – If you can, veer off the main channel and fish in the backwaters. Side channels, coves and bays are all ideal homes for largemouth bass. The slower currents are perfect for fishing, and you can meet back up with the main river downstream. Plus, this method is a great way to use your fishing kayak.

Guest Writer Posted on internet August 31, 2016 by Lauren Piek

River versus Lake Fishing
River versus Lake Fishing

Asian Carp - US Wildlife Service

Introductions of Asian carps (bighead, black, grass, and silver carps) into waters of the United States are the result of combinations of:

Direct stockings, or authorization to stock, by various agencies

Unauthorized stockings by private individuals

Unintentional escapes from university research facilities, federal and state agency facilities, and private aquaculture operations.  

An Asian carp leaps out of the boat wake on the 

Illinois Waterway. Credit: Chris Young, State 

Journal Register

Bighead, grass and silver carps are self-sustaining in the wild, and risk is high for continued range expansion within the Mississippi River basin.  Although there is no evidence that self-sustaining populations of black carp are established, specimens were collected in several locations of the Mississippi River basin. Densities of Asian carps in parts of the Mississippi River basin are thought to be among the highest in the world.  In addition, Great Lakes fishery management agencies are highly concerned about the risk of Asian carps invading and becoming established there.  Based on expert opinion, establishment of Asian carp populations in the Great Lakes would result in reduction in abundance and rate of growth of ecologically and economically important fishes there.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to monitor and prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species within the region. La Crosse, WI Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office has recruited partners including the Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois DNR, and other fishery and ecological services offices to assist with sampling for Asian carp in the Illinois River, Illinois to the City of Chicago, Illinois ( view the poster). All fishery resources offices within the region will be monitoring for asian carp within their area.