Fishing in the United States National Parks

Fishing in the United States National Parks

Types of Fishing

There are numerous types of opportunities available in National parks. First, you have to be granted permission by the park authority. Before you embark on your next fishing expedition you should know what type of fishing you will want to take part in.

Fly Fishing

Shore lining fishing is the most common type of fishing that is exercised by most fishing enthusiasts. They enjoy watching the thick fishing line going whoosh! as it quickly zips past you smoothly landing in the lake that is in front of you. A small lure is always attached to the hook. The lure which is referred to as a “fly” resembles an insect that floats on the surface of the calm water. As you wait patiently, a ripple emerges in a similar spot that you placed your lure, suddenly and a fishtail quickly flashes out of the deep blue water. You set your hook and the battle begins.

If you are lucky you may battle small fish, which means you will win easy. However, chasing a 6-inch brook trout, a 15- pound striped bass or a picture-worthy cutthroat will be one hell of a fight. Fly fishing is an exciting and unique way to fish. You can make it more thrilling if you are a lover of Boating. Being in the national park, there is clear serenity and view that surpasses all other forms of recreation.

What is Fly Fishing?.

This is one of the most adventurous methods of enjoying the National Park service. Being a one time opportunity you can tag your friends along so that you enjoy the land and practice canoeing in the calm waters. Fishing in the park entails hiking or walking to your favorite fishing spot. At times, the spot can be a dozen miles away in the backcountry. This gives you and your friends a good opportunity to do paddle sports kayaking heading to the location.

Not all fly fishing occurs in high-alpine lakes. It can take place almost anywhere from the seashore to the stream or anywhere in between. Being a small distance to cover, you can enjoy solo paddleboarding carrying your line and “fly”.

Fly fishing is both a fun and exciting way to fish. It entails the most skill and patience. This is because of the equipment that is involved, a-long, thin, flexible rod, small delicate flies and two different types of fishing lines. This is not the type of equipment that you would use if you decided to do sailing deep in the sea. More sophisticated equipment would be used.


This lightweight equipment can be challenging to use. Time, patience and practice are what is needed to become an expert with a fly rod. The “Fly” lures imitate insects or prey items that marine life enjoys eating.

‘Flies” are made from different materials. They are built from sewing thread, yarn, fur, and feathers. The flies must range in size. Normally they are small in size. They measure the size of a grain.

Spin fishing

There is a similarity between float tube fishing and spin fishing. They are both inexpensive methods of fishing. They can be practiced on a lake. Tubes are almost everywhere. You can decide to purchase from your favorite store or borrow a friend who has done that type of fishing before.

What is spin Fishing?

The word spin always misguides most people. What makes it worse is the addition of the phrase “fishing”. Images of a person standing at the bank of a river holding fishing cast or pole go through their minds. They perceive that spin fishing is a type of fishing where you repeatedly cast a lure until you catch a fish. To put the records clear, the spin part of the name comes from the gear that is being used, a spinning reel. A reel is one of the most typical fishing tools available. It’s also one of the most effortless tools to use.

Spin fishing is a type of fishing that can be done anywhere. It’s not like Ice fishing which requires ice. This type of fishing is fun and can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages. Apart from being popular, it’s also straightforward to learn how to spin fish. All types of fishing require that you carry a gear that you will deploy in the exercise. Spin fishing requires a valid fishing license, lures, sunglasses (optional) and a fishing pole with a reel.

Research before selecting your lures and rods. There are specific types of lures and rods to be used depending on the type of species you want to get.

Trolling

This is more like Jon Boat fishing. You park your boat and set the rods in the colored lake waters. As the boats swiftly rock back and forth you enjoy the scenery of the park holding your rod tight and remaining patient. Suddenly you notice the tip of your rod diving in and up. You hurriedly but patiently pull the rod out of the holster and notice something tugging on the line. Luckily you realize you have a fish. This is what you call jackpot!

Trolling is an active type of fishing. It entails a lot of attention, correct gear, and effort. Trolling is more intense than the other types of fishing. However, it’s rewarding and exciting. Trolling is usually conducted from a canoe, boat or any other type of water equipment such as a belly boat or a kayak. When doing trolling, a lure or an artificial fly is dragged across the water. It’s always behind the watercraft. The boat travels at varying speeds and depths. The speed or depth used to troll depends on the species of fish on the list.

Before making your trip to the park ensure you consult with the park authority first. Some types of boats are not allowed in the waterways of the park. Gear for trolling is advanced compared to others. You need a trolling motor, valid fishing license, a boat or any watercraft, a fishing net, a proper fishing rod and lure, a fish finder (optional), a downrigger (optional) and a pair of needle-nose pliers for removing the hooks from the fish.

Jigging

This is an easy, exciting and fun type of fishing. The type of fishing is famous across the world. The name for this type of fishing was derived from the equipment used to fish. A hook that is weighted with an artificial lure is what is referred to as a jig. Jigging is mostly enjoyed by senior citizens, small children and everyone interested. Jigging type of fishing can be implemented on all types of fish, name it: bass, bluegill, salmon, etc.

Like the name of fishing suggests, a little bit of dancing is required. However, the dance is done on the lure’s end. After the bait is attached to the rod, it is cast in the water and then retrieved using the jigging method. This type of fishing is more involving than pier fishing. Typically, jigs are not cast in the water like normal fishing is done. Jigging, the jig is dropped in the water just below the fishing spot. You ensure the jig reaches the required depth. Once the jig is in the water, its danced and bounced up and down while holding onto the rod lift, then the lure is dropped. The motion of bouncing and dancing the jig is calculated. It should be well controlled and rhythmic. This is only achieved if the rod is held in both hands.