Can You Go Fishing in the Winter?

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Posted on: 18 December 2013 by Sue Stelling

Discussing whether fishing can be done in the colder months.

It’s a very commonly held opinion that fishing isn’t really done in the winter. There are several excuses: the lakes are closed; the fish aren’t about; the weather is too cold. All of this is in fact false; do a little research before you leave the house, and there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy yourself just as much in the winter as you do in the spawning season of spring.

Check Your Local Fishing Spots

There are many lakes and streams that are open for fishing all year round, you just have to look. The Environment Agency, a government department, has a great guide to the UK’s fisheries here. You may find that you have to visit somewhere new, or plan for different fish to the ones you’re used to, but this is all part of the fun.

Know What You’re Looking For

Winter is actually the best time to fish for certain species. This is because colder water is generally oxygen-rich, encouraging fish such as trout and chub, which grow to be particularly strong and energetic in these conditions. Grayling also enjoy the crisp and clear water that winter often provides. For the very top challenge, winter pike of up to 50lbs can be found in some places. Carp are notoriously difficult to catch in winter, because the cold slows down their metabolism, however, with the right equipment it is still possible. Fishing Hut is a good place to look for rods suited to particular situations.

Be Prepared

If you’re concerned about sitting in the freezing cold weather waiting for something to bite, then you simply don’t have the right equipment. With all of the modern clothing available, there’s no excuse for not being able to keep warm. There are plenty of jackets, hats and gloves out there that will ensure that you stay alert and ready. Taking a thermos of hot soup or tea is always a good idea.

So, if you’re looking for a weekend adventure, and though the fishing season was over, think again. Check your local area for fisheries that are open, find out what you’re going to be up against and make sure you have the right gear. Winter fishing can be just as much fun as the rest of the year, and can provide a unique and exciting challenge.

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