Kayak Fishing for Trout

Have you ever thought about fishing from your kayak or SUP? This is a great way to get out in nature, get some exercise and catch some fish. I have found that when I go out and paddle I tend to rush through the experience. I push to get to the next landmark and make everything a race. When I started fishing while paddling my entire experience changed. I take my time and really get into nature. I get in a zen-like state. Add the excitement of the catching a fish and you have a great experience.

Lake trolling can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it. You can use from 1 to 3 rods at a time, carry a ton of gear or very little. I define the amount of gear that I bring as to whether it is a paddling trip or a fishing trip. Then I have my expectations in place.

The Quick Start Guide will show you how to use the current conditions such as water clarity, wave action and weather to increase your fishing success. It is important to observe the conditions when you reach the lake to prepare the best strategy.

A clear, sunny and calm day will call for a different lure selection than an overcast day with some chop on the water. Lures and terminal tackle are affected by these conditions. It is important to match the finish and color of your lure and terminal tackle to the conditions you are faced with.

Fish are sensitive to light. A partly cloudy day will reflect the lure finish differently than an overcast day. A brighter finish is needed to attract the fish when there is not as much light. Too bright of a lure will offer too much reflection and scare the fish away. Too dark and they will not be attracted.

Different colors are visible to certain depths based on their wavelength. Blue is visible in deeper or darker water better than red, which will turn to grey. The wavelength of the color determines the depth it will remain visible, but these depths are affected by light and water action at the surface.

The last thing to observe is the water temperature. Trout are most comfortable in 55-65 degree water. Take readings every 5 feet and see if you can locate this temperature. If it is colder than it is better to troll slower as the fish will be less active. In warmer water trout will seek out springs and inlets where the water is cooler and has more oxygen. How to fish deep offers a primer on fishing deep

A fishing pole added to a paddling trip can make it more fun. By observing the conditions when you go out you will catch even more fish.

For more information get our free Quick Start Guideto lake fishing. It is a pocket sized guide that will help choose the right lure. It also has lots of tips. All the resources you need and more can be found at The Fishing Geek