Catch the BIG Ones

If you have tired of nonstop hunting trips and sitting in treestands or huddling in duck blinds, maybe a fishing trip will be the reason for your next outdoor adventure. Don’t let winter weather come between you and the fish. Several states have open tailwaters and open rivers where you can pursue trout or steelhead.

In Oregon, for example, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife provides river condition updates and other useful information on a daily basis to help anglers prepare for fishing trips. The site also has license information and details on regulations. This site also lists river destinations and recipes should you find success.

Visit http://www.dfw.state.or.us/RR/steelhead_guide/index.asp.

If you live in other areas where warm weather abounds, there are also plenty of reasons—and places—to go fishing. In Georgia, for example, the state’s Department of Natural Resources lists Public Fishing Areas (PFAs), hot tips to help you catch fish, and maps of nearly a dozen PFA’s around the state that range from ponds to piers. Additional details are at: http://www.georgiawildlife.org/fishing/public-fishing-areas.

In Missouri, the huge Lake Taneycomo is open to trout fishing. This popular tailwater near Branson holds huge trout. Local fly shops or fishing outfitters can help you find fish if you are new to these opportunities. If you are more interested in bass, look above the dam in Table Rock Lake.  Numerous piers can help you safely launch you boat or find a place to cast a lure.

These fishing sites and details could be the reasons for you to try out a new rod or to get outdoors and fight cabin fever. Fish on.