Early Spring Fishing in Ohio

If you’re an avid angler, you know that early spring fishing in Ohio can be an excellent time to get out on the water. With the arrival of warmer temperatures, Ohio lakefront home owners are ready to trade in their ice fishing gear. To help you make the most of your early spring fishing trips, we’ve compiled five tips that can improve your chances of catching fish. By following these tips and utilizing your skills and knowledge, you can increase your success rate and make the most of the early spring fishing season. 

Before you go

  • Rod Maintenance- Clean and grease your reels, change your line, and replace your hooks. Yes, you can still fish with an un-maintained fishing rod, but why? A small amount of maintenance will make your early spring fishing trip feel fresh and well thought out. Don’t overlook the small details to ensure you fish at your best. 
  • Weather Conditions- Know where to look and what lake to go to. No matter the type of fish you are targeting, certain principles apply universally. Since all fish are cold-blooded, they tend to slow down during winter. During early spring fishing in Ohio, it is crucial to adjust your pace and slow down along with them. Monitor the water temperature, and follow the sun. The slightest increase in water temperature can bring the fish out of hiding. 
  • Bait- The age-old question of fresh bait versus a well-designed fishing lure. Early spring fishing is the best time to use fresh bait. The added smell seems to have an undeniable attraction to the fish coming out of hibernation. But if that’s not your style, try switching up your lure. A more subtle moving lure may be the better speed for early spring fish. 

“Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught”


Final Tips

  • Personal Care- It is easy to get caught up in “getting out there” but remember to be prepared for yourself. Bring extra sunscreen, a hat and fresh drinking water. It is still nippy, but the sun is strong. You don’t want your first fishing trip to be the first sunburn of the season! Don’t forget to check your PFD. Make sure it is in good working order, inflatable or traditional style. 
  • Check your local state fishing regulations- Make sure your fishing license is up to date. Also, your boat registration, and trailer plate registration. 
  • Have Fun- Always our final tip in any lake activity! Being an Ohio lakefront home owner is a dream come true, make sure to enjoy the experience! 

Posted by Chris Moiser-“The Lake Team”

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