10 Tips For Survival Fishing

So tragedy has struck and you are on the run with your bug out bag.  It’s day three and you have depleted your food supply and then you remember you packed your emergency fishing kit!  In this article we will give you 10 tips to improve your survival fishing!

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Survival Fishing Kit

Having the fishing kit is one thing, but knowing how to fish is another.  Learning to fish can be fun, a great family activity and is a skill that can provide an unlimited food supply.  So let’s have a look at some fishing tips for you that can help.


Here are Ten Tips for Survival Fishing:

1)  Fish mostly will feed early morning and late evening.  Generally, an hour before and after, sunup and sunset, are the best times to fish.

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2)  Fish like cool and clean water.  Obviously, you won’t have control over the water temperature but in the heat of the day, look for shaded areas or deeper water.  The water will be cooler the deeper you go.  Also, look for clean water when possible. Water that is extremely dirty and holding a lot of sediment will not attract many fish.

3) Try to find bait that is native to the area. Find an old, rotting log, and turn it over. You will probably be presented with grubs, worms and many other insects that fish love. Also keep and eye out on the shoreline and you will most likely find minnows and other creatures swimming around. These make excellent bait! Tip:  Take a stick and whack the water where you see minnows. This will most likely stun or kill a few that you can use for bait. This will make a lot of noise so collect as many as you can and either find another area to fish or wait a while.

4)  Shhh!  Keep quiet when fishing.  Fish are easily spooked so make as little noise as possible.

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5)  Fish like shelter. Just like us, fish prefer a cozy place to hang out. Look for docks, rocks, fallen trees, lily pads, etc. These are excellent places to fish and should be tried first.

6)  Fish at night.  Many fish, especially bottom feeders, feed at night. Find a good chunk of bait, maybe a piece of a smaller fish you caught earlier, and keep the line out overnight. You will be surprised what you might catch! Tip: When leaving your fishing gear unattended make sure to tie your line tightly to something.  Even small 1-2 lb fish can pull your gear into the water.

7)  Fish with and without the bobber.  I always try fishing with a bobber first as this generally produces more fish and reduces snags.  If nothing is biting, remove the bobber and try fishing on the bottom.

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8)  If the fish are not biting for a while, try something different.  Change bait, location, time of day.  Don’t be afraid to try and change your strategy if nothing is working.

9)  Learn about the fish and natural bait for your area.  A great way to learn this is to visit your local bait shop. The local fisherman will be a great resource.

10)  Flowing water is better than stagnant water. If you are fishing in a lake or pond this will not apply. But for rivers and tidal areas, you generally want to find a little water flow; not a raging current but some flow is good and attracts fish. Feeding fish will hang out behind a rock or log, so they don’t have to fight the current, and when a bait fish swims by, they then can ambush them.  So rocks, logs, docks etc are great places to fish.

Learn Now, Not During An Emergency

We hope that these tips will come in handy and we would encourage you to get out and try your hand at some fishing.  If can be good family fun while learning an important skill and enjoying the outdoors. The time to learn survival fishing is not during an emergency.

Additional resources you may find helpful:

How to build an Emergency Fishing Kit

Bug out bag checklist

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