Guide to Fishing License Requirements and Fishing Regulations in Rockford and Northern Illinois

The odd and variable weather has made for some interesting fishing inland for bass, catfish and bluegill and on Lake Michigan for coho, lake trout and steelhead; those two threads lead thisNothing says spring better than the words–let’s go fishing! With spring and warmer weather quickly approaching, it’s time to get the boat ready, and get the fishing poles and tackle box out. Fishing provides many hours of recreation and enjoyment during the spring and summer season-so make sure you’re prepared!

Rockford Illinois is located approximately 90 miles west of Chicago-and very close to the Wisconsin stateline. The many waterways located here provide recreation and opportunities to fish, whether it’s a relaxing family outing or a weekend with the guys. The Rock River, Kishwaukee River, Olson lake at Rock Cut State Park, or the Sugar River forest preserve are some local favorites. If you’re up for a short trip, the Rock River along Illinois Rt 2 between Rockford and Oregon Illinois is both scenic and relaxing, with places to pull off road and picnic. Illinois has many beautiful areas away from …

Top Five Saltwater Fishing Locations in Cape May County, NJ

Cape May County, NJ has some excellent locations for saltwater fishing. Many are commonly known, but even more are close-held secrets shared by just a few successful fishermen. This article will detail five great locations that will maximize your chances of hooking into some fish. I have fished each of these locations over the last 30 years, and depending on the season, the following locations will yield striper, tog, weakfish, bluefish, and flounder with consistency.

The Stone Harbor free bridge between Stone Harbor and Wildwood is a great spot for every species. The current and depth make this a very productive location for striped bass, and bluefish. If you are able to get close enough, the pillars are home to some very nice sized tog as well. You can either fish directly from the bridge, or the sod banks along side. Just be sure you fish the Wildwood side, as …

Fly Fishing Techniques for Beginners

If you’re getting into fly fishing for the first time, you probably aren’t sure what you’re getting yourself into. There’s numerous fly fishing techniques that more experienced fly fishermen can tell you about, because fly fishing dates back to hundreds of years ago. Get to know the basics of fly fishing first, here are a few that can help you get a better understanding of how fly fishing works.

Fly fishing is a method of fishing using artificial flies that are cast out by using a fly rod and a fly line. The thing with fly fishing is the weight of the fly line is what carries the hook into the air.

There is different types of fly fishing such as wet and dry fly fishing, experienced fishermen will tell you that wet fly fishing is the best way for anglers to become more adapted to sub-surfaced fishing. When fly …

Budget Friendly Fishing Vacations: Perfect for Family Time

This year pack it up and head out for a fishing vacation in the great outdoors. What could be better family time then the wilderness and your family? Without the T.V. catching our attention we are able to focus on building a better relationship and spending some quality time, with the ones that matter the most. Maybe you just want some time alone with your wife to show her how the boys live, you are taking your sons fishing for the first time to show them the ropes, or just want the whole family to come together fishing makes perfect.

Figuring out what to pack can be the easy part. Find a location can be a tad trying. Then on top of that the budgets we all have ourselves tied to can make things a little more difficult. If you have the money to shell out to head to Alaska, …

Do You Need a Fishing License but Don't Know How to Apply for One?

Since the weather is getting warmer and in some parts of Massachusetts the flowers are beginning to pop their heads out of the soil. Some of you might be wondering about getting your fishing licenses renewed or for first timers get your first one! Some of you that don’t not know there is a State agency that does these types of licenses and they are found at Department of Fish and Game. If you check out their website you will find a great deal of information that is out there on the rules and regulations on how much you can catch. First click on the website at the bottom of the page and go to license information. Listed will be all of the Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping rules that you need to know before you go fishing.

The types of license you can get resident fishing license for a fee …

Massachusetts Striper Fishing: Lynn Harbor and the Saugus River

The estuarine Saugus River extends from the inner shores of Nahant Beach — 45 minutes out of Boston — to the marshes and marsh fisheries inland close to routes 1 and 128 and the historic Saugus Iron Works. The area, which includes Revere’s and Lynn’s Rumney Marshes, presents to kayak fishing entthusiasts and reliable inshore striped bass kayak fishing area that includes both deepwater areas and tidal-trench marshes.

You can shore fish, flyfish, and small-boat fish the area. The fishery’s expansive flats and shallows flats extend from Revere’s Point of Pines to Nahant Beach in Lynn.

The Saugus River separates the Rumney Marshes from Rever Broad Sound. The area is one of critical environmental concern, laced by an intricate maze of canals and saltwater embayment.

The river and associated bay and marshes fill with stripers during the spring migration. You’ll also find good bottom fishing here on black-back flounder. At …

Top 5 Inexpensive Fishing Rods

Generally a fishing rod is something you do not want to cheap out on. You generally get what you pay for with fishing rods. However, there are some inexpensive fishing rods that give you a great deal of bang for your buck. For most fishermen’s budgets, we can consider “inexpensive” to be anything under fifty dollars. We’re going to take a look at five of them right now.

Shakespeare Ugly Stick Spinning Rod ($29.99-39.99: Cabela’s)

This is one of the pricier of the inexpensive rods. However, when you consider the quality and durability of an Ugly Stick, this rod is worth far more than you are paying for it. I have Ugly Sticks that are over 25 years old and are still in perfect condition. These rods are available in lengths from 4’8″ to 9′ and in actions from ultra-light to medium-heavy. My favorite would have to be the one …

Red Drum Fishing in the Carolinas

Red drum are one of the most popular saltwater fish in the Carolinas, and fishing for redfish is often simple and rewarding.

Red drum, North Carolina’s state saltwater fish, are known internationally as the behemoths of the Cape Hatteras surf and locally as the hard-fighting redfish of many canals, inlets, and beaches in both Carolinas. While fishing for bull red drum with 13-foot rods, long pendulum casts and huge lead weights in a spraying surf makes a romantic picture, smaller redfish (often called puppy drum) are taken more often all along the beaches and waterways.

Red drum are nearly year-round residents of the Carolinas. They roam from the ocean beaches up the rivers to nearly fresh water. Redfish are especially fond of old docks and shellfish beds, and in the ocean they congregate around the holes in sandbars near deep sloughs.

The smaller redfish don’t leave the estuary marsh areas …

Budget Shark Fishing Gear

Shark fishing can present the saltwater angler with a unique set of challenges. A four-foot shark can strip off hundreds of feet of line right off a reel. As if trying to keep enough line in the reel isn’t enough, your reel has to withstand the pounding of a thrashing shark. get your dog supplies from DoggieToys.Deals

Shark fishing gear, if you let it, can take a sizable chunk out of your wallet. How much to spend will come down to how often the gear will be used. If you are already an experienced shark chaser, you probably have spent the sums necessary to be outfitted. But if this is your first trip, we’ll cover the gear that can take you beyond your first trip.

Shark fishing supplies come in two forms, cheap and value. When I was younger, I went on a week long backpacking trip, using cheap gear. …

Budget Friendly Fishing Vacations

If you are one of those people that love to fish, there are plenty of opportunities out there for a group of people to go out and have a great fishing vacation, while staying on a budget.

We have all heard about “the one that got away.” Now you can have a chance to show your skills at fishing and enjoy a vacation all in one. The best thing is that you will not have to spend a lot of money to do something that you enjoy.

There are dozens of internet sites that you can research to find that dream fishing vacation. If you and some of your buddies would like to go together, you will not only have a good time, but could cut your vacation budget down significantly.

One of the vacation packages that I found while searching the internet: http://www.realadventures.com/vacations/445913_fishing-florida-southeast-lake-okeechobee.htm is a Florida getaway, which has …