Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer but the start of some great fishing opportunities. Fishing Labor Day weekend and beyond has some great benefits. Fall is a perfect time to hit the water in search of all different kinds of species. As the weather cools down the waters, fishing action across Pennsylvania intensifies. Almost every Pennsylvania fishing hotspot will be less crowded, have better fishing and possibly even be stocked with trout again!
The Fourth of July weekend is a time to celebrate America. It is a time to reflect on all the wonderful freedoms we have. Take a few minutes to thank all those who have stood up to protect those freedoms for us and have given us the privilege to enjoy fishing. Many will be packing up the truck and possibly hooking up the boat or camper in the next few days in preparation for a much needed respite of outdoor activities. While some are heading to the beach, the rest of us are off to a Pennsylvania State Park or Lake.
Fishing a new lake can be a great learning experience, that every angler needs to try. It can be very rewarding and also extremely frustrating. Launching your boat on an unfamiliar lake for the first time can be very intimidating to most anglers. I look at it as a learning experience. I always look forward to fishing new places.
The first thing I do is try to get a good map of the new lake I want to fish. These simple maps will show you the launch sites and any structure throughout the lake. It will also show you the contours and drop-offs that exist. These maps will give you a starting point. I always like to have a simple game plan before I arrive. One tip I can give you is that I always start shallow and work deep. Start by working any cover or weed lines along the shore first and gradually work deep. I usually work all visual cover first. Downed trees, rocks and weed beds. If nothing is happening shallow, I start moving out, and work all the points and drop-offs. If you aren’t catching fish, don’t get frustrated. It usually takes at least four or five times to figure things out.