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Adam Kuettel: Your Guide to Ice Fishing

Your Guide to Ice Fishing

This year winter doesn’t officially end until March 20. If you live in an area where your favorite fishing spots are frozen in Old Man Winter’s clutches, you might still be in luck. Ice fishing is a great way to experience nature, catch some fish, and have some fun. The best part of ice fishing might be the lack of flies and mosquitoes that bother you. Keep reading to learn more about ice fishing.

Layers

When fishing during winter it’s important to stay warm. However, you also don’t want to sweat too much when you’re outside. Too much sweat can make you cold, and you may end up sick at the end of the day. The first layer you wear should absorb moisture. Wool is a good choice for your second layer because it does a good job of keeping you warm. Wear a windbreaker as your final layer. If you get too hot you can always take a layer off, but if you’re cold and don’t have enough layers you won’t be able to fish for long.

Keeping Warm

Some anglers use ice shanties while they’re fishing. An ice shanty is a small shelter you can sit in while you fish. It protects you from the wind and can be easily set up or broken down when needed. Moving around will help you keep warm. If you own a pair of ice skates, you should bring them and skate around while waiting for the fish to bite. It’s also a good idea to bring hot chocolate or soup in a well-insulated thermos.

Conditions Need to be Right

Never risk walking on thin ice. The fishing spot that you choose should have ice that’s at least 4 inches thick. Make sure that check multiple spots in an area since thickness can vary.

Don’t Get Lost

It’s easy to get lost on a large lake when it gets dark or the weather conditions become bad. To avoid getting lost you should always check the weather before you go out. If there’s a chance for a storm, it’s probably better to just fishing on another day. Regardless of the weather, it’s a good idea to carry a compass with you. That way you can always find your way back to shore.

Tools

Here are some of the essential tools you need for ice fishing:

  • Sled
  • Ice Auger – This tool will help you drill a hole in the ice.
  • Stool
  • Bait Bucket

Before you hit the ice on your next fishing adventure, take a look at this list of ice fishing tips.

Adam Kuettel: 3 Ways You Can Make Fishing Fun For Your Kids

3 Ways You Can Make Fishing Fun For Your Kids

Spending quality time with your children is one of the best things you can do as a parent. Quality time doesn’t really mean watching a movie on the couch. It means doing something exciting that you and your children will remember for years to come. Fishing sometimes gets a reputation for being boring, but it can actually be a fun activity to do with your children. Below are three strategies that will ensure your family fishing trip goes smoothly.

Keep It Simple

If you have young children then it’s likely that they’ll get easily distracted. It’s a good idea to take your kids to a small pond or river with a shore. This way they can interact with the scene and take a break if they get bored. When it comes to gear, stick with the simple stuff. There’s no point in taking a risk with your expensive equipment. Depending on your child’s level of interest, your fishing trip might not last that long. Therefore, it’s a good idea to pick a location that’s close to home.

Be Patient

Fishing normally requires patience. Fishing with children requires a different kind of patience. It’s likely that your children will make mistakes. They’ll also probably make loud noises and scare the fish away. Don’t be surprised if you and your children don’t catch any fish on your first adventure.

When you take your kids out for a fishing trip, make sure you plan ahead and stay organized. It’s a good idea to bring snacks, toys they may need, extra clothes, and extra fishing gear. If this is their first time out, they might not be able to tolerate much, so remember to have a flexible plan.

If it’s raining out it’s probably best to cancel the fishing trip. While you probably won’t mind the weather, your children won’t enjoy sitting out in the chilly rain waiting for fish to bite. It’s better to wait until the weather is as perfect as possible. The best way to get your children to enjoy fishing is to make the experience as fun as possible—that way they will want to come back again and again.

Get Excited

If you want your children to be excited about fishing, then you need to be excited. Dress your kids up in fishing gear, even if they’re not going to use it. Hand over the rod to your child if you’re about to reel in a catch and take pictures of the moment. By acting excited and making a big deal out of the trip, your children will stay interested and remember how much fun the activity was. Give your children free reign to play in the dirt, sand, and mud. Don’t be afraid to let them get messy. At the end of the day, they might remember the fishing trip as one of the best days ever.

Adam Kuettel: Fishing in Arkansas

10 of the Best Fishing Spots in Arkansas

When it comes to fishing in America, Arkansas offers some of the best waters a fishing enthusiast could ask for. According to the state’s official website, “the Natural State offers 9,700 miles of fishable streams and rivers, 600,000 acres of lakes, numerous bayous, creeks and sloughs” (Arkansas). Below are 10 of the must-visit fishing locations in Arkansas.

Arkansas River

The Arkansas River is the sixth-longest river in the United States. It’s a great river to fish for bass, and many bass competitions are held along its waters. One popular contest is the Big Bass Bonanza. It’s the state’s largest amateur fishing tournament.

Lake Ouachita

Lake Ouachita has been dubbed the Striped Bass Capital of the World. It is the largest lake completely located within the state’s borders (Portions of Bull Shoals Lake reach into Missouri). Besides striped bass, you’ll also find smallmouth bass, catfish, and bream in its waters. The lake’s waters also offer great visibility for spearfishing enthusiasts. Surrounding the river are nearly 1000 campsites, so you’ll have a lot of choices should you choose to camp.

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake is a great location to visit during the hot summer months. Many of the campsites in the area have electricity and water if you plan on camping. In its waters, you’ll find many of the same fish that inhabit Lake Ouachita.

DeGray Lake

Like Lake Ouachita, DeGray Lake is another reservoir created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In the lake’s waters, you will find largemouth bass, striped bass, and hybrid stripers. The DeGray Lake Resort State Park is Arkansas’ only resort state park. The lodge at DeGray Lake Resort State Park sits on an island on the lake.

Petit Jean State Park

Petit Jean State Park takes its name from the legend of Petit Jean. Petit Jean was supposedly an 18th-century French woman who disguised herself as a man in order to explore the Louisiana Territory with her fiancé. She became sick on the trip but not before revealing her true identity to her fiancé. Her grave can be found on Petit Jean mountain. Lake Bailey is seasonally stocked with many different kinds of fish. Petit Jean State Park is close to the Arkansas River.

Village Creek State Park

In addition to exceptional bass fishing, Village Creek State Park offers numerous campsites, 10 cabins, and a 27-hole golf course.

White River

The White River offers some of the best trout fishing in the state. While fishing on the White River, you can stay at Angler’s White River Resort. The resort stocks all of the supplies you will need, and it offers fishing guides and boat rentals.

North Fork River

The North Fork River is also known for its trout. According to the state’s website, “the current state-record brook trout (5 pounds)” was caught in North Fork waters (Arkansas).

Little Red River

The cold waters of Little Red River are home to many trout. In 1992 this river produced a world record 40 pound, four-ounce brown trout. That record no longer stands, but maybe you’ll be the one to set a new record when you visit.

Lake Chicot

This is the largest natural lake in the state. All year long you’ll find catfish swimming in its waters. During the spring and fall, you can fish for bass. Lake Chicot State Park provides 122 campsites and 14 cabins, and the marina provides bait and boat rentals.

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