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There are two types of high mountain lakes: those above the tree line and those below it. Some lakes are at such an elevation that they are above the level where trees can grow. These lakes usually sit at the bottom of a talus slope and offer very little cover for fish. Since these lakes are nutrient-poor compared to their lower neighbors, food is scarce and they tend to have fewer trout. This doesn't necessarily mean the fishing isn't good, though. As long as you don't spook the fish (which can be quite easy), you can take advantage of the scarce food situation. Hungry fish are eager fish. Because of the fierce competition for food, some of these high alpine trout will aggressively attack anything that even resembles a meal.

Because lakes below the tree line offer more food, they typically house more fish. There is usually more cover for these fish to hide. The two drawbacks to these lakes are the abundant food (fish won't bite if they're not hungry) and the fact that they can be in heavily forested areas, which makes casting difficult. This can also shelter a lake from the sun.

Fishing Tips & Secrets It is not good practice when fishing for trout to fish directly upstream so the flies, line, and leader will float directly over fish. The fisherman should make the cast from one side of the stream so the fly will only float over the fish.

I remember a hike I went on a few summers ago in Colorado. I tried to time my trip just as I thought the lake was thawing out in mid-June, since this time offers some of the best fishing of the year. During this time the fish are usually hungry and eager to bite anything that looks like food. I also think fish seem to forget some of their nervous habits over the long winter months and appear to be a bit less spooky just after the thaw. On this particular trip (as with many others), I had to use snowshoes to reach the lake only to discover that it was still iced over. I was probably two weeks early. Not wanting to give up, I took out my map to see if there were any other lakes in the area. Luckily, I spotted a small, unnamed lake on the map that rested just above the tree line. Although it was a little higher in elevation, it sat on a south-facing slope. I decided to give it a try since it received a bit more sun.

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I reached the lake an hour later and I was in luck: the lake was just about ice free. I was sure I was the first fisherman to cast a line in that lake all year, but before I did, I hiked up a small hill overlooking the lake to scout the situation. I couldn't believe what I saw. It seemed every trout in the lake was cruising the shallows for food and probably enjoying the warmer water as well. They weren't schooled up (brook trout rarely are); instead it was as if each fish was out only for its own survival. To make the story short I got strikes on about every cast. This just shows that timing is as important as the many other ingredients of successful fly fishing.

Fishing Tips & Secrets Dress for the occasion. For example if you're ice fishing, don't forget thermal underwear and insulated footgear.

Keep in mind the pros and cons of each type of high mountain lake and don't be afraid to hike a while to get to that elusive water hole that every fisherman claims to have found, though few probably actually have.

Michael Russell

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Fishing Tips & Secrets For trout fishing, the leader should not be greased. It will not sink far enough to cause any difficulty when picking the line and lure from the water, but if it is allowed to float; it will cast a shadow on the bottom of the stream which may scare the trout.

I always tell my friends or students what my father used to tell me "If you want to get started in any activity, go where that people get their stuff". If you are into fishing, go to a fishing store and look around, ask questions and look for the "ad wall" and you will find lots of information and people who can teach you.

But what if you can't find someone to teach you or if you are just curious about it? There is always a way to start called "instructional videos". You can find some of them in VHS, but now mostly all of them are now in DVD.

It was in the mid 80's when I was a fairly good playing the bass (the instrument, not the fish) when these videos started to be popular in music instruction. At that time they were fairly cheap. In these videos you can see some of your favorite players giving one-on-one lessons and watch them as many times as you need to. I have to say my playing did improve with this practice.

Fishing Tips & Secrets It is not good practice when fishing for trout to fish directly upstream so the flies, line, and leader will float directly over fish. The fisherman should make the cast from one side of the stream so the fly will only float over the fish.

For this matter, fishing videos are the same; they teach you a new skill or help you improving one that you already have. Sure there are boring parts, like in the music instruction practicing music scales and modes, and on the fishing videos some of the explanations about things you already know.

I have to say that there is nothing like in person training, but this "new" modality of teaching and learning is also helpful. Consider two things: one is having someone you admire tell you his secrets and the other is the "distance learning" value based on constructivist principles, where you are required to invest more mental effort in the non-automatic processing of information.

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For Fly Fishing there is a wide range of DVD's and most of them are very informative and dynamic. One I like is "Trout Bum Diaries, Volume I: Patagonia". It might not be a "formal" instructional video but you can learn some things just by watching the expedition to the Patagonia and sharing the joy for the adventure with these guys. There are some other more "traditional" videos like the Bob Nudd's series or "Atlantic Salmon – A Life on the Edge" which are also a great DVD's.

Another way to learn from a video is to watch your favorite fisherman…Yourself!
Something you might want to do is this: I started taping my music gigs to show my students how practicing the boring music stuff is actually done in real life and for finding weak spots in my playing to fix. Later, I started taping myself while fishing to have some happy memories on video as well as to check out on things I do while fishing. This is a good idea if you want to have a record of your own improvement.

Fishing Tips & Secrets Check your line just above the lure frequently when fishing crankbaits around rocks, gravel, stumps, and other hard obstructions. They can quickly fray your line.

So maybe now you'll want to consider getting fishing videos as your first contact with fishing if you are new to it, for your own amusement if you are an experienced fisher or just tape yourself to check improvements. Who knows? Maybe you can even start you own instructional series!

"Tony the Tuna" is a fishing enthusiast and a regular contributor writer for Fly-Fishing-North-America.com. If you want to learn more about fly fishing visit http://www.fly-fishing-north-america.com

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Trout Fishing Secrets. Trout Fishing Secrets Revealed – How to Catch A Trout Everytime: When Spinner Fishing Your Favorite Stream Or River.

So what is Bass Fishing Reports really all about? The following article will show you an easy way to always keep yourself informed about the latest happenings and discoveries in the Bass Fishing by following these Bass Fishing Reports.

If you base what you do on inaccurate information, you might be unpleasantly surprised by the consequences. Make sure you get the whole Bass Fishing news, development and latest happenings from informed sources only.

Different bass fishing websites regularly post reports in their respective homepage to inform the sport fishers of the latest development and recent events like tournaments or games in connection with bass fishing. All these reports come from different places in the United States as well as from the popular bass fishing countries like Brazil. It is posted either on a weekly, monthly, or sometimes even on the yearly basis. Latest news is also posted to keep the public informed.

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The usual fishing reports formats are compiled by each state where popular bass fishing sites are located. Take for instance a website showing the latest fishing report on that day. One angler posted his daily account of events that happened after a week of his adventure. He posted several observations pertaining to his bass fishing activity such as the weather condition that day, water temperature, and his prediction for tomorrow's weather condition. He also reported about the fishes he caught and the techniques he used to lure his prey into the bait.

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One of reports posted in a bass fishing homepage is the condition of some rivers across the country. In the website floridashiner.com, the fishermen posted that the fishing has been poor during that said month because of the severe cold weather. Bass fish tends to go deeper in the river or sea to protect themselves from the effects of the big drop of temperature. Overnight temperatures, according to them, threaded back to as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another report was posted in the website fishandgame.idaho.gov stressing out the condition of the rivers in their locality. They have enumerated some of the lowland lakes in Idaho that is best in winter bass fishing. This includes the following:

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• The Elk Creek Reservoir

• Deer Creek Reservoir

• Mann Lake

• Mouse Creek

• Spring Valley Reservoir

• Soldier Meadow Reservoir

Other reports posted in bass fishing websites are the latest development bass fish species breeding. Some anglers suggested that if it were possible to produce new breeds of bass fishes, it would be much better because they will engage in another group of bash species.

They inquire if it is possible to combine the breeds of largemouth and trophy bass. They also wonder about the result if they combine the different breeds of smallmouth bass or peacock bass. For sure, they stressed, that combining different breeds of bass fish will certainly be another challenge for them.

Fishing Tips & Secrets Do you know that seasonal patterns has a direct relationship with whether it is bass fishing season or not.

It depends entirely on the webpage designers what reports to include in their homepage. Some reports must be sorted out. There are similar reports that are integrated as one, and some are broken down in two different categories.

It will be much easier and convenient for the web viewer to sort out similar information if they are already categorized. In that way, posting of fishing reports will be done in systematic ways and at the same time providing orderliness in arranging their homepage.

Becoming familiar with the reports posted in the bass fishing homepage is very welcome information by those dedicated in bass fishing. Now you know that you can access useful information so that we are kept informed of the latest development in the bass fishing activities. Now, are you ready to face the reality of bass fishing activity?

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There's no doubt that by following the various Bass Fishing Reports you can get some fascinating facts about Bass Fishing. So start reading these Bass Fishing Reports to keep yourself informed and ahead of the masses about the latest developments. Happy Fishing.

Puneet Singhal is a seasoned bass fisherman who is always on the lookout for the new tricks and techniques to catch more fishes each time he go for fishing.

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When approaching a new lake, it's always a good idea to have a plan. Maps and lake reports are handy, but they aren't always accurate and may not be the only thing you need. Sometimes you need that keen eye of an experienced angler to see the opportunities. Or just learn what that keen-eyed angler is looking for and duplicate.

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Sometimes you may get lucky and find someone on the docks willing to give up some secrets. Older anglers are usually more than happy to pass on some of their tips, favorite tricks and spots.

I always use a system of gathered information. Here are a few tips to help your overall success on a new lake.

• As I have said before, keep it simple. The most basic fishing techniques work the same on most all lakes. They have done so in the past for a reason. If it works on one lake, chances are it will on others.

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• Structure! Structure! Structure! Look for docks, standing timer, weeds and lily pads. Anything that creates shelter and camouflage for the fish is a good spot. Bass, especially largemouth are ambush hunters.

• Confidence can be a great fishing tool to have in your tackle box also. If you go out to the lake with the mindset that you're not going to catch a fish, your chances of catching a fish are going diminish greatly. Throw that lure like you're a pro on the biggest tour of your life and before you know it, your catching fish like a pro.

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• The shallows near a drop off or channel are always a good place to catch fish. The Bass species, which include the Sunfish and Bluegill, like to have that abrupt transition.

• If you're trying to catch a specific species find out what kind of habitat they require and look for it on the lake.

• The time of year has a lot to do with how the fish will bite. Two things make a major impact on what the fish are doing and how they will react: cold water and warm water. Cold water; slow your roll, Warm water; speed it up a bit.

• Don't just throw your favorite lure because you like how fish strike it, or it happens to be your favorite color. Check the condition of the water. Is it clear or muddy? Is it cold or warm? Is the level rising or falling? Believe me, water conditions matter.

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• As always, the local tackle shop is a great place for information. However, sometimes it's hard to get good advice right before a big tournament. The person running the shop may fall into a rut and answer everybody the same, "Well so-and-so creek can be good this time of the year." or "The fish have really been biting on this (Insert product here), which is on sale today." Knowing when to ask the local tackle shop also comes with experience.

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Water clarity is something else that will be a factor in going to a new lake. If you cannot see what is under the surface, it's pretty hard to determine what to throw. If the water is muddy, throw out a nice dark color (I'm not a favorite of black or blue however, other are). Bladed Spinners are always a good way to "feel-out" the water. Something weed-less or snag-free well works in "testing out the waters" also.

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My fishing buddy likes to go to a different lake each time we go fishing, which can be a bit difficult when you're strapped for time or cash. However, experience comes from doing and the more lakes and ponds you can throw your lures into, the better.

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Well I do hope I have helped someone and just remember, on those rainy or bad days, do some research, ‘cause like the old saying goes, "Knowledge is Power".

And as always, keep happy thoughts and good fishin' to you.

Chris Curley lives in Nashville, IN. with his dog Piranah.

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Fishing Tips & Secrets Some fishing lodges advertise a certain amount for a few days by the lake. It is advisable to ask if there are any hidden charges.

You can go out, buy the most expensive boat, the most expensive fish finder, and the latest top of the line tackle, but you are never going to be able to tell when the fish are biting. If someone could come out with an electronic device that does that, they would be overnight millionaires.

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Unfortunately that hasn't happened, yet. So for now, we have to rely on our own experiences. Some say that early morning is when the fish are active and some say that late afternoon/evening is the best time. While both early morning and late afternoon are great times to find active fish, it is possible to find fish biting throughout the day.

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Finding where the fish are hiding is one of the skills that are mastered by doing. Knowing where the fish are supposed to be is a good start, but you have to actually find these places and experience the motions that it takes to get a nice big lunker to come out of hiding just to strike your lure.

Even if they are not actually eating and just protecting there nest, chances are if you can get the fish to bite your lure, you can hook it. Yes sometimes in the spring when the fish are nesting, they will put the "Intruder" in their mouth and move it to another location and then spit it out. Because they're not really hungry, they're just protecting the nest. This is when using a bright, colorful lure can be an advantage.

Fishing Tips & Secrets Use a wire cross-locking snap when fishing crank plugs. It allows you to change lures quickly and enables the bait to vibrate more freely.

If you can see the fish pick up the bait, then you know when to set the hook. Water clarity has a lot to do with whether you will be able to see your lure. However, if the water is muddy and you feel a slight pressure on your line, set the hook!

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During early morning and late afternoon/evening, light can be a scarce commodity on the water. Knowing how to use low light conditions can play a major role in catching that lunker laying in wait.

The first and last hours of sunlight are excellent low light periods. I say excellent because these are the perfect conditions for bass in general. Lighting usually doesn't affect these periods, because bass see relatively the same either way.

Bass are naturally stealthy creatures. The low light periods of the day are theirs. Baitfish and other prey begin to loose they're eyesight while they transition to night vision. This makes for easy pickin's for the bass. Some big largemouth bass actually herd baitfish like Sheep. And then it's, "Make way to the buffet!"

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Speaking of weather conditions, cloud cover, the rising or falling of the barometer and rain play a big part in fish activity. However, just like weather, it doesn't matter what time of day it is, these particular conditions are a large factor as well.

Early winter can be a difficult time to catch a bass however, it can be done (Yes, you can find anglers out on the lake during the winter also) Basically your top producers in the spring will work during winter.

However, there are times when you have to run the gamut and just find what works at that particular moment. The spinner, the jig and pig, the floating lipped lure, (Poppers and Top-water Rapalas) worms and rattle traps, everything but the kitchen sink. Just remember to slow your roll and know you're simply not going to catch as many fish as in the spring-time.

I know I've covered sprig fishing in another article, so I'll keep it short. Look for spawning beds and cover. Drag the soft creature baits through the spawning beds and pop those floaters near transition areas. (Shallow/Deep, Sun/No-sun)

Fish, especially big largemouth bass become reclusive and conservative in the summer. This means that you're going to have to work pretty hard to get a good sized bass to take your lure. Don't worry this it the time of year when you can catch a larger variety of fish. (Bluegill and crappie to be specific)

Fishing Tips & Secrets Hiring a fishing guide might be a great idea if you're new to the area, even if you're an expert fishermen yourself. You can hire a guide for your first day and he can show you where the fish are biting at that particular time, then you can strike it out on your own for the rest of vacation.

During the fall season bass tend behave like its spring. Storing up and looking for that easy meal. Anything that looks like its dying is a pretty good bet.

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As you may have read before, a fishing buddy and I were out fishing a private pond and we caught largemouth and bluegill literally left and right, in the middle of a bright, sunny day. So to me, it truly doesn't matter what time it is, it's always a good time to go fishing.

Remember, keep happy thoughts and good fishin' to you.

Chris Curley lives in Nashville, IN. with his dog Piranah.

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