Top 5 Shore-Fishing Targets for Lakes and Ponds

Think back to a time you played catch with a ball. Did you pick up the ball and throw it as far as you could, out to the middle of nowhere?  I’m guessing no. You probably threw it to the person playing catch with you. 

When I see people fishing from shore, the biggest error I notice is they just whip a cast way out into the middle of nowhere. And just like with a ball, in fishing you need to cast toward something if you want to play “catch.” 

So here are my five favorite casting targets where fish love to hang out:

1. Weeds – A nickname for aquatic plants, weeds are almost all good. From cattails standing tall, to hydrilla and milfoil growing under the water, and lily pads floating on the surface, think of “weeds” as the water version of a forest.  

2. Wood – A single old stump or standing tree that was in place before a lake was flooded can be good for a fish or two. Big bushy trees that are lying horizontally can hold a lot of fish. Look for laydown trees that have fallen into the lake near the shore, or stacks of limbs and trees sunk in the lake by fishermen. These are known as “brush piles,”

3. Rocks – Natural rocky shorelines and man-made riprap banks provide hiding places for crawdads and minnows, two favorite meals of most fish species. They’re definitely worth a cast or two.

4. The Bank – Speaking of the shore, the bank itself is always a good option. Fish patrol the shore looking for insects and frogs that go for a swim. Plus, if they spot a minnow, the bank limits the options for prey to escape. Try casting parallel to the shoreline.

5. Docks – Just like the roof of your house, a dock provides shelter for small fish and shade for big fish to sneak around and eat. If you fish off a dock, often the best cast is simply dropping your bait straight down, as close to the edge of the dock as possible. Otherwise, try casting to or under the dock from alongside it.

If you fish rivers and streams, click here to see the top five spots to target.

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