What and Where to Fish in 2023 Spring

Spring is already here! It's time to dust off your fishing gear and hit the water! As the days are drawing out and warming up the rivers and lakes, the fish are becoming active and hungry. So are fishermen who are eagerly awaiting exciting fishing trips. Some of you, especially beginners, may hold back, not knowing where and what to fish in 2023. Today's blog will empty your mind of worries and help you get prepared for your incoming fishing adventure.

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What to fish in spring?

Bass - Largemouth and smallmouth bass are a popular target for many anglers during Spring, for they start to move into shallower water to feed and spawn.

Trout - They can be found in streams and rivers and are particularly active in cooler waters.

Crappie - Crappies are known to congregate in large numbers in the Spring. Like bass, they prefer shallow waters in the Spring.

Panfish - Bluegill, sunfish, and other panfish tend to become active and even aggressive on warmer days, thus becoming anglers' favorite targets.


Where to fish in spring

The best states for fishing in the springtime are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, etc. Meanwhile, these states also boast mild weather that makes for comfortable days spent on the water and offer a variety of fish species to target including largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, trout, and more.

Specific areas for spring fishing

Rivers and Streams - Trout, bass, and panfish can all be found in rivers and streams. Look for areas with cooler water and deeper pools.

Lakes and Ponds - Many types of fish can be found in lakes and ponds during Spring. Aim for areas with structures such as weed beds, drop-offs, and underwater ledges.

Reservoirs -Look for areas where water is entering or leaving the reservoir, as this is where fish tend to congregate.

Coastal Areas - Coastal areas can be great for fishing in Spring, particularly for species like striped bass and flounder. Look for areas with structures such as jetties or breakwaters.

Recommended areas for fishing from March to May

  • Lake Ontario
  • The Susquehanna River
  • The Potomac River
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Fishing gear for spring

  • Fishing rod and reel: Prepare a premium rod and reel combo that's suited for the type of fish you're targeting.
  • Line and lures: Make sure you have the right line and lures or baits for the fish you're after.
  • Cast net: Be sure to get one that's the right size for the fish you're targeting.
  • Waders or hip boots: If you intend to wade in streams or rivers, waders will keep you dry from the waist down, while hip boots will shield your legs from cuts and bruises.

At the same time, we highly suggest a fishing backpack and fishing pole rack, which will make your fishing excursions even easier by saving you time storing and placing your fishing gear.

Tips for Spring Fishing

Live Bait - Because fish are more active and hungrier in the spring, using live bait can be especially successful. Worms, minnows, and other live bait can draw a variety of fish.

Lighter tackle-It enables you to feel the bite and set the hook faster.

Water Temperature - Water temperature can influence where fish are found and how they act.

Patience-If you stick with it, you'll have a great time and even wind up with a tasty fish dinner.


Fishing in the springtime can be a great way to get outdoors and relax. With the right gear and knowledge of where fish are likely to be found and what type of bait they prefer, you'll have the best chance at success while fishing during this time of year. The best places to go fishing are rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes-just make sure you know the local regulations regarding catch limits and other restrictions that may apply before setting out. And don't forget your sense of adventure as well! Good luck out there!

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