Reading A Fishing Report
Fishing reports are created with information gathered by fishermen.
It is collected by a service which posts the information for public
or private viewing. Quality reports give the conditions under which
the fishing took place. Weather, wind, time of day, water depth,
water conditions and more should be a part of the report. In addition
the type of baits and how they were worked should be included.
Wind from the West, fish bite the best.
Wind from the East, fish bite the least.
Wind from the North, do not go forth.
Wind from the South blows bait in their mouth.
Fishing conditions can change by the hour. So when reading fishing
reports the most useful information is likely to be the sum total
of all reports over the last few weeks rather than the specifics
of the most current fishing report. So finding that the fish have
been caught shallow over the last few weeks is more important to
know than the exact lure the last report mentioned.
Often archived fishing reports from prior years can help
you identify seasonal patterns for a specific body of water. Review
the prior reports to find consistent information for summer months
of June, July and August. The information will be different than
that for the fall months of September and October. Winter months
of November, December, January and February will show reports unique
to this time of year, possibly including ice fishing reports. Pay
special attention to the spring (March, April and May) fishing
reports from prior years as they should provide information to
help you predict the approximate time for the spawn.
Use the navigation at the left to locate fishing reports in your area.
Below find websites offering fishing reports on multiple states.