Catching Dinner, Tips for Fishing

Part 1

By Josh Speiss

Looking to catch some good eats from your local river, lake, or even the ocean? Let’s take a look at some states across the country and see what they have to offer. We will discuss the most common fish, best lures to use, and where to find those elusive fish. Tonight’s dinner may be even easier to catch than you would ever imagine.


Tennessee FishingHere you are most likely to be fishing for several varieties of Trout and Bass. Tennessee is dotted with fresh water land and river systems. Locations include Browns Creek Lake, Laurel Hill Lake, Gibson County Lake, and the Mississippi River. In any of these you are bound to find a good, quiet location to cast out a line and wait.  Other commonly caught species of fish throughout the state include Crappie, Bluegill, Sunfish, and varieties of Catfish.

As for lures and bait, it is often believed that less is more. A good ole’ hook and worm seems to work just fine in many areas. However, if you are looking for a more technical solution to catching your trophy Bass, small artificial lures and gigs are very effective as well. Whatever your method, chances are you are going to catch your dinner in no time in Tennessee.


Minnesota FishingHere in “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” places to cast out your line are not hard to find. Places like Lake Superior, Lake Louise, Moose Lake, Hayes Lake, The Mississippi River, and Zippel Bay State Park are a few popular locations to try out your luck on the water. Fish species include Crappie, Catfish, Perch, Bass, Walleye, Pike, and Salmon to a list of few.  Watch for free fishing days in the state, too; there tend to be at least a couple of weekends per year to cast out for free.

Since these varieties of fish are going to use different bait and tackle, anything from a hook and night crawler to Cast Masters (artificial lure) could work. Don’t forget about ice fishing in the winter; often the bitter cold winters of the north will freeze lakes and rivers. Cutting a hole in the ice when it’s 10 below outside may not be your cup of tea, but at least it is an option to fish year round.


One of the beautiful things about Oregon is its vast variety of water types you can experience. Not only does it offer freshwater lake and stream fishing, but you also get saltwater-fishing capability as well. A few of the types of fish you can expect to catch in Oregon are Trout, Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon, Bass, Crab, Tuna, and Rock Fish, among many others.

Locations are plentiful in Oregon. Some of the well-known locations include the Columbia River, Willamette River, Crater Lake, Clear Lake, and the Pacific Ocean. Some of the common bait and tackle used are several varieties of artificial lures, small to large gigs, swivel rigs, netting (location and seasonally based), and many types of bait and hook setups. You can always contact your local Fish and Wildlife Department for a better list geared to the type of fish you are looking to catch.


Oregon Fishing For peace and serenity, fishing in Colorado may be your best bet. Most of the superior locations to fish are far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Finding your perfect fishing hole is easier than you think. The state offers many locations for you and your family to try out your luck catching some dinner. These places include Boulder Reservoir, North Platte River, Grand Mesa Lakes, Rio Grande River, Clear Creek Reservoir, and Steam Boat Lake.

There are numerous types of freshwater fish to catch, anything from Trout and to Kokanee salmon. Getting your line in the water is all it takes, although a little bait would help. Fly-fishing is a very popular way to fish throughout the state in its various streams and rivers. As far as common lures go, gigs, jugs (floating bait), minnows, and flies are often effective on the streams and lakes. Colorado provides the perfect spot to catch dinner for you and your family. Get out and explore this great mountain state, and find your fishing spot today.

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