4 More Tips for Reading a Fishing Report

Tom Keer

There is a lot of information in fishing reports, such as: B. Where the fishing is hot and which baits work best. Sometimes reading between the lines is the best way to learn how to read a fishing report, and here are some ways to get an overview of what is happening and make good use of it.

1. Do business and leaders. Tackle shops and guides are excellent sources of information. That means, when a shop expert or professional guide tells you where to go, you don’t need their services. Knowing how to interpret their advice is key, and better information will come your way if you are part of the team. Buy equipment in the shop and refer customers to the guides. Both see you as a team member and go on an insider trail in the direction of hot fishing.

2. Look for patterns. There are plenty of fishing reviews online that make it easy to keep your eyes on the water. Professional cross-reference, tackle shop and recreational angler reviews to see what’s what. Then look for patterns. Are the fish sluggish due to a certain weather? Do you prefer live bait to spoons or soft plastics? Is it a new rain that started fishing? Use fishing reports to better understand how well people are fishing and why not.

3. Know when to take it offline. Burning stains can be a problem, especially since fishing reviews online reach tons of readers. Some discussions are best held offline. So take certain areas or coordinates offline.

4. Look at the species. Some fish, such as saltwater species or fish in lakes, move around while river fish are more stationary. Heartburn develops when you read a review and go to the spot where the fishing was hot. Some fish are moving, so a saltwater fishing report may show hot fishing from yesterday or today. But tomorrow when you leave the school will have moved and it will be quiet. View local fisheries reports from neighboring areas to track fish movements and use the fisheries report to predict where the fish will go next.

There is more fishing information out there than ever before, and this is why knowing how to read a fishing report is so important. Separate the fact from the fiction, read between the lines and study the patterns.

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, author of Covey Rise magazine, editor of Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and blogger of the Take Me Fishing program of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.