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Adam Kuettel - Fishing Tips for Beginners

Fishing Tips for Beginners

If you have never gone fishing before, it’s difficult to know where to start. Where are the best fishing spots? What equipment do you need to buy? How do you properly cast a line? It’s important to think about questions like this before your first fishing trip, but the most important thing to remember is to have fun. Fishing doesn’t have to be a complicated process. In fact, the whole reason most people go fishing is so that they can relax and enjoy themselves. With the right attitude, you’ll be sure to have the best time possible. Keep reading to learn some more tips for your fishing adventure.


Don’t spend all of your money on expensive equipment that you’ll only use once. For your first fishing trip, borrow a friend or a family member’s fishing rod and lures. If you do have to buy equipment, stick with inexpensive gear. There are so many fishing rods on the market that it’s difficult to know where to start. This blog does a good job of discussing some of the best beginner fishing rods. Learning how to properly cast a rod is another challenge that might trip up some beginners. The website Take Me Fishing is a good resource food beginners. Check out their “How to Cast” article for video demonstrations of casting.


I touched on this above, but I want to repeat it. Attitude is the difference between having a successful trip and going home frustrated. When you’re learning to fish just focus on just having a good time. Enjoy the exercise and the sights and sounds of nature. You might not catch anything on your first trip. You might not be able to cast properly, but don’t get frustrated. The frustration can come later when you’re more experienced. Some people try fishing once and get so frustrated with the experience that they never return. Don’t be one of these people! The most important thing you can bring on your first fishing trip is a good attitude.


Unless you’re tagging along with a group of friends, then it’s probably best to not complicate things by also renting a boat or kayak for your first fishing trip. Instead, visit a local fishing spot where you can stand on the shore or on a bridge to cast your line. Also, pick a fishing spot that’s close to your home, so that you don’t have to travel too far.


While this tip relates to the right attitude, it deserves its own paragraph. Having patience is one of the most important and best parts about fishing. Many beginners make the mistake of casting their line and then reeling it in without waiting any time at all. Instead of casting your line 10 times in ten minutes, take your time. Cast your line and wait for a bite. Watch closely and wait for a bite before rushing to cast again. One of the reasons that fishing is so popular is because it’s a chance to slow things down and take your time. If you just want to practice your casting, pick a spot where you won’t scare the fish. Then when you’re feeling confident, you can take your time with the real thing.

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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