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Fishing the Outer Banks of North Carolina

    Well folks, from the way it’s looking, 2020 is turning out to be a little bit different than anyone thought. With a certain virus going around, everybody’s plans around the world have seemingly come to a screeching halt, and that includes fishing. Since we’ve all been inside for nearly two months, having to work from home and do the best we can to stay safe and stay sane isn’t always an easy task. But while everybody’s been at home, with a little bit more extra time on our hands, everyone turns to the reigning king of streaming platforms, the one that’s been with us through it all: Netflix. On April 15th, Netflix added an all-new original series, an overnight success that is currently ranked in the Top 10 series on the platform right now. The show follows a group of self-proclaimed “Pogues,” or the poorer, working-class population of the outer banks, and their clandestine attempt to recover a lost treasure and uncover the whereabouts of John B.’s lost-at-sea father. The show stars Chase Speck (Stranger Things, One of Us Is Lying) as John B. Routledge, a teenager living on his own in the absence of his mother, who left when he was young, his father, who vanished while searching for a historic shipwreck holding over $400 Million worth in British gold, and his Uncle T. While this series rides the wave of popularity into the limelight, all the outdoorsy folks sitting inside have most definitely been itching to get out on the water. They do their fair share of fishing on the show, but in all reality, what’s the fishing really like in the Outer Banks of North Carolina?

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    The OBX and SOBX (Outer Banks and South Outer Banks) are fishing location known to many for having some of the best saltwater fishing  in the United States. The area has a deep, rich history, dating back centuries to the original settlers of the land, the Native Americans. Natives of the Pamlico tribe lived on the Roanoke Island and the surrounding islands/peninsulas until the introduction of English settlers eventually introduced their people to foreign diseases such as smallpox, killing off a great deal of the native population. In 1587, the first Anglo-Saxon conceived of English parents was born in the New World on the OBX island of Roanoke, a little girl by the name of Virginia Dare. The Roanoke Colony, comprised of 115 English settlers, was the first unofficial English colony in the Americas, however the whereabouts of the entire colony remains a mystery to this day, as Governor of the colony John White returned to England for supplies. When he returned three years later, they all were gone, and the only clue as to the fate of the colonists was the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree nearby. Historical significance in the Outer Banks does not stop with the lost colony of Roanoke. On December 17th, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made history by creating and successfully flying the first powered airplane flight on the beaches of a small town on the North Island: Kitty Hawk. With such a deep, historical connection to the founding and development of this country, the Outer Banks are a hotspot for tourists every year, and the number one industry in the OBX? Fishing.

    For a chain of barrier islands that protect the mainland from getting battered by the frigid Atlantic, the Banks are a pretty hot tourist destination. With miles of open-ocean beaches and countless waterways and marshes in the region, it’s plain to see why so many tourists visit this area every year, and it has a lot to do with fishing. Commercial fisheries opened on the Outer Banks at the tail-end of the 19th century, as it was previously inconvenient and inefficient to travel to and from the islands and back to the mainland. Eventually, bridges were built between the islands in order to connect the island chain, allowing fishermen to travel back and forth between islands for a multitude of fishing locations. Fisheries that produced Shad and Herring for the area were left by the wayside in the 1890s, around the time when technologies, developed during the Industrial Revolution, made fishing and running a large-scale commercial operation easier than ever. Fishing for both finfish and shellfish makes up a sizeable part of the economy in the Outer Banks, and all throughout costal cities spanning all the way down the coast. While commercial fishing was a success at the time, overfishing practices nearly put an end to the native fish populations for good. By the 1940s, commercial fishing on a large scale had left several species of fish and marine life fighting for their continued existence in the waters of the banks. Since then, Marine life has returned to a new form of normal, and the network of islands in the OBX have once again become a hotspot for some of the best Atlantic fishing on the East coast. Commercially, the Outer Banks rely on all of its industry to keep it afloat. With small, tightly-knit communities like this, all of their businesses rely on each other, and while the real-estate business and other smaller markets make up a percentage of the workforce in the NC Banks, the true cornerstone of the region is commercial fishing. While the fish-factories once ravished much of the sea life here in the Banks, the rejuvenation of wildlife populations has greenlighted the reliance of the locals on fishing. Freshly-caught North Carolina seafood is a delicacy, meaning that restaurants located in the vulnerable fishing economy must rely, to some degree, on what the catch is for the day. If there’s no fishing, there are no fish, meaning there are less visitors flocking to coastal restaurants boasting “fresh seafood” on every sign. Regardless of the rest of the islands’ economic state, seafood restaurants on the water need fresh sea food to stay in business. The majority of the land in this region is owned by the government, never to see the light of the private eye, however the rest of the population finds a way to make money and keep themselves in business when the tourists get back in their rental cars at the end of the summer and drive back home. While the North Carolina OBX has over 100 miles of coast, the small-town economy and even smaller-town feel makes this tourist trap an amazing place to get on some fish.

Fishing the waters of the Outer Banks, you find yourself with a wide variety of species to hook up on. While the banks are Oceanic islands and saltwater channels that provide a haven for saltwater species and marine life, freshwater fishing in North Carolina can be a whole other can of worms. For North Carolinans looking to head to OBX for some saltwater fishing will need to purchase a saltwater fishing license, which are available on the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Marine Fisheries website. In the “Outer Banks” show, John B. mentions that fishing is always good after a hurricane because the storm pushes the crabs out, and the Drum chase the crabs. With the North Carolina shores being a prime location for hurricanes to form, tropical storms and hurricanes are a more-likely-than-not occurrence for those living on the islands. There are several plentiful saltwater fish species that reside in the waters in the Outer Banks. 
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Photo by Ryan Rhodes @rrhoyography on insta.

Black/Red Drum:

Black and Red Drum are some of the most plentiful species in the region, and as most drum populations follow the crab populations, anglers can expect to see and catch Drum just off shore or in coastal reefs. Known to be able to grow to over 5 feet, and weigh-in at well over 100lbs, these species are recognized by East-coast fishermen as staple species. These fish use special teeth to allow them to eat shellfish and other prey with protective shells. Drum respond well to bait, preferably live, as artificial lures have not been as successful.

Sea Bass/Striped Bass:

Sea bass and stripers are notorious for their powerful bite, and they too are plentiful in the Outer Banks. Sea bass only grow to about two feet in length, and while they aren’t as big as some of the other species for the region, it doesn’t make sense to categorize the sea bass as anything other than an anomaly. Black Sea Bass are actually able to change their sex based on any given need in a population. For example, in a population more predominantly-female, these fish can use their evolutionary abilities to transform and biologically change their body to function as that of a male fish, thus completely changing sex for the purpose of repopulation. Another Bass species to find is the Bank Sea Bass, which resides mostly in Coastal waters, preferably hard-bottom areas. These fish are not the same color as the black sea bass, taking on more of an olive-greenish-brown appearance. While these Bank Bass struggle to make it past the 12-inch mark, there’s another Bass species lurking in the depths, which can grow to incredible sizes in both fresh and saltwater fisheries. The other very popular bass to chase after in the Outer Banks is the famed Striped Bass, or “Striper.” Stripers in the OBX are notorious for growing to outlandish, enormous sizes. For example, the State record for the largest saltwater Striped Bass came out of the Oregon inlet in the Outer Banks, when Keith Angel reeling in a 64lb monster from the salty depths in 2005. However, there are some land-locked regions of North Carolina’s eastern banks, and in 2012 a teenager named Tyler Shields of Murphy, NC and his buddies pulled a 66.1lb Striped Bass into their boat on the Hiwassee Reservoir, surrounded by the Nanhala and Cherokee National Forests. To this day, Tyler holds the state record for the largest Striper caught, and to think, he caught it in a landlocked area of the Outer Banks. 


Photo by Ryan Rhodes @rrhoyography on insta.

Bluefish/Snapper:

Bluefish, snapper, “blues.” All nicknames for one of the most popular saltwater fish to chase after, the Bluefish. Bluefish are native to the OBX, with populations of the species sticking around the coastal reef areas and just off-shore. Blues are known to be a delicious eating fish, and the locals in the Outer Banks know the Blue better than anybody as a good eating fish. Some will tell you that Bluefish have an overtly “fishy” taste, almost to a fault, however the way this fish is cooked and prepared has a lot of say in what tastes “fishy” and what doesn’t. Bluefish have extremely sharp teeth, and they’re likely to bite on anything you toss in, artificial or otherwise. In the same family as the “blue snapper,” we have the Red Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, and the Silver Snapper as well. These fish, while different in appearance, all can be found and caught in the Outer Banks’ waters.

Butterfish

Peprilus triacanthus, otherwise known as the Atlantic butterfish, is also a species to keep your eyes open for when fishing on the North Carolina coast. For anglers looking to hook up on this schoolie, they should fish in brackish water, as the butterfish thrive in the mixed-salinity of the water. This panfish is often fried, boiled, or baked and is a common eating-fish both among commercial fishermen and residential fishermen alike. Young butterfish exist and survive along the sandy sea floor, seeking refuge from predators by hiding underneath schools of jellyfish. This is a real-world example of commensalism, wherein the butterfish are protected by the jellyfish, while the jellyfish remain unaffected by the butterfish. These little guys will bite on small fish chunks, squid, shrimp, and worms.

Cobia:

Cobia are large opportunistic predators that reside in the waters of the Banks as well, however these fish are often much larger than anticipated. The Cobia, reddish-brown in color, can grow up to 6 feet in length and weigh more than 100 lbs. These fish are so large, in fact, that they are sometimes mistaken by fishermen as sharks. They are a migrating fish species that requires warmer water in order to survive. During the spring and summer months, the warm water of the Outer Banks provides refuge for the huge fish species, but when the cold winter temperatures start to set in, the Cobia will head south, much like the migration patters of birds. Being opportunistic means that the Cobia will feed on just about anything when given the chance, however their diet is mostly made up of crustaceans and shellfish.

Croaker:

The Atlantic Croaker is a fish species referred to by many as “hardheads.” Croakers in the OBX grow to about 9-10 inches, and usually weigh less than a pound each. These little guys, relatives of the Drum family, are called “croakers” because of the peculiar “croak” noise they make when vibrating their internal swim bladder. Drum make a similar, deeper-pitched noise, however this noise is used by male fish as a mating call when attracting female Croaker. The species are delicious when cooked, producing a white flakey meat with rich flavor. Because of their small size, Croaker make for a good-sized portion for one, and its not uncommon to eat a Croaker by oneself.

Flounder:

There are three predominant flounder species in North Carolina’s Atlantic waters, each with a different name, region, and appearance. The first one we’ll take a look at is the Gulf Flounder, an oval-shaped fish that lays flat against the sandy ocean floor as a way to Camouflage itself from predators. The Gulf Flounder grows to around 30-35 inches, and has a unique pattern on its body to help mask its location. The Southern Flounder is another flounder species commonly fished in the area, with an average length of 15-18 inches. A third and final Flounder species is the Summer Flounder, with a different pattern on its upward-facing side of its body and measuring around 10-16 inches on average. Although there are three flounder species in the region, they can all be found throughout various areas of the OBX. Flounder prefer to bite on live bait, and shad, minnow, mullet and croaker should get the job done should you need them.

Hickory Shad:

The hickory shad is another common fish species found in North Carolina’s eastern waters. This species, a shad, can grow to a maximum of nearly two feet in length, although they typically are found to be about 12-13 inches on average. Although some choose not to eat shad, as they are known to be bony and harder to eat, the white flakey flesh of the hickory shad is often seen as a delicious delicacy for those willing to pick out a few pin bones here and there. Hickory shad, and most shad for that matter, will follow the “light and bright” rule when it comes to picking out your bait. Small jigs in brighter colors near the surface of the water will almost always get some action.

Tuna:

Tuna fishing is great in the late-fall to early-summer, when the water reaches around 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit. The OBX makes for an amazing place to venture out onto the water and try your luck at reeling in a big one. With several different species of Tuna plentiful in the area, getting out on the water and testing your fishing skill is never a waste of time. There are few places in the nation, let alone the world, where Tuna fishing is really good, and there’s no topping the warm waters and plentiful fish supply in the Outer Banks. There are several Tuna species that exist here in the region, namely Bigeye Tuna, Albacore Tuna, Skipjack Tuna, Atlantic and Spotted Bonito, Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, and last but certainly not the least: The Giant Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. It’s true, the OBX is one of, if not the best, Tuna fishing location in the US. Yellowfin, Bigeye, and Blackfin Tuna fishing ranges from November to late April/early May. While the early-season bite is rewarding, the true anglers getting out there looking to hook up on a prized Giant Bluefin, and the late-season bite is what they’re after. In March of 2018, a retired Army General named Scott Chambers reeled in the biggest fish of his life, a Giant Bluefin Tuna that weighed in at 877 lbs. The fish measured 113 inches and sets the state record for the largest Bluefin ever caught in North Carolina. The fish was landed on the Oregon inlet of the Outer Banks. For fishermen looking to get in on the action, these massive creatures require the best gear possible, double and triple checked for safely. Bluefin, amongst the other tuna species in the area, will bite on large popper-type lures, as well as plugs. For those bait fishermen out there, Bluefin feed on Bluefish and other smaller baitfish, many of which can be used as bait in order to hook up on a monster.

Grouper:

Grouper are another family of fish species that are a particularly sought-after species when fishing in North Carolina’s coastal waterways. There are several grouper species, including the Gag Grouper, the Red Grouper, the Black Grouper, the Scamp, the Calico Grouper or “Speckled Hind,” and finally the Yellowedge Grouper. Gag Grouper are one of the most abundant fish in the Oceans, with the species being found from North and South Carolina all the way to Brazil. These fish follow a similar biological sex-change process as the Black Bass. All grouper fry are born as females, however their evolved bodies have allowed a portion of their population to develop into males. Once they hit sexual maturity at the age of four, the body slowly begins to change into that of a male fish, typically reaching “male” at around eight years old. Because these fish can live for up to 30 years, the Grouper is a slow-developing species that takes its time to complete its biological transformation from female to male, and from adolescents into mature adult fish. For those fishermen looking to catch one of these bad boys, live-bait is the way to go. Whether it be squid, pinfish, etc, the species enjoys chasing after living bait, while artificial baits have been less successful.

Baitfish:

Baitfish play an important roll in any fishing community, and for good reason. Think about it, if there are no bait fish, there are no fish in general. Before going out to spend money on baitfish, do a little research on baitfish in your area. Who knows, you might just find a spot to catch your own bait. In “Outer Banks,” John B. describes himself and his rag-tag group of misfits looking for the hidden treasure as “Pogues,” a slang term deriving from the word “Pogies,” another name for Menhaden fish. These small, unattractive-looking fish swim together, and John B. understands this as he compares life on “the cut” to life in the fancier, more upscale areas of the OBX. Menhaden fish make for excellent bait for a number of off-shore and deep-sea species, and they can be caught and used by fishermen going after larger game fish. Other species of baitfish exist here as well, including shad, mullet, minnow, and other smaller species.

Mackerel:

There are two species of Mackerel in the Outer Banks, the Spanish Mackerel and the King Mackerel. Originally thought to be a Mackerel, the Wahoo is a close relative of the highly sought-after King Mackerel. These fish are known to be a delicacy among locals and tourists of the area, as the Outer Banks are heavily reliant on the saltwater fishing industry. Mackerel, with their thin, arrow-like bodies, are very fast swimmers, and can dart away in the blink of an eye, thus making landing one an even bigger accomplishment. Wahoo, despite not “technically” being Mackerel, are closely related and are a delicacy in Hawaii, where they are traditionally called “Ono.” While not in the Mackerel Family, the Dolphinfish, a.k.a. “Mahi-Mahi,” also reside in the Banks, and are also an off-shore gamefish any fisherman would go after.  Mackerel, King, Spanish or otherwise, respond the best to a less traditional lure: feathers. The movement of the feathers on the end of the line actually mimics the motion of baitfish, effectively enticing the targeted Mackerel to bite and not let go. This neat little trick is a tried-and-true method for reeling in some of the best saltwater filets you can hook up on.

Billfish:

Billfish are a category of fish most easily identified by their sharp nose-like bills and their dinosaur-esque fins erupting out of their backs. There are four primary fish that fall under this category in the Outer Banks: White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Swordfish. These fish are all known to be delicious when prepared and cooked by the skilled seafood chefs in the heavily-visited tourist areas. Marlin prefer to stay in warmer water, and they will migrate to follow the warm currents near the surface. North Carolina is home to some of the best fishing spots in the world, and the Blue Marlin is what helped keep this region on the map. To this day, the World Record-Breaking Atlantic Blue Marlin, measuring 14-feet in length and weighing a scale-breaking half-ton, is on display at the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks. Between Blues and Whites, Marlin are a highly-sought-after species of fish. Another big-ticket species that locals and visitors alike try to get their hands on is the Swordfish. While this species is also highly-popular, they are often mistaken for Marlin or Sailfish. Sailfish are easy to spot, as their fans on their back are much larger and wider than the smaller fans of its relative species. All of the billfish in the region make for excellent meals, but you have to know how to get one on your line. According to locals, billfish will bite on both natural and artificial lures, and trolling seems to be the best bet when going miles out to sea to fish for them.

Inshore:

With a whole mess of amazing, exotic-looking fish to catch offshore in the outer banks, there’s often a whole lot that goes unnoticed. While the big, flashy charter boats are charging people money to go out to sea and catch fish, the rest of the island population, who work jobs in towns, may also be fishing off of the shore and providing themselves with food that way. In any case, there are amazing fishing spots all throughout the scattered islands that make fishing off the dock just as exciting and rewarding as fishing offshore. A number of coastal and inshore species are staple food items for those living in the OBX. In the Netflix show, John B. is pretty much a ward of the state. Fending for himself by fishing is how he keeps himself fed, and while there’s clearly a difference between TV and reality, he might not be that far off. One species in particular that tickles the fancy of a lot of locals looking to bring home a decent mess of fish is the Spotted Sea Trout. Sea Trout, much like their land-locked, freshwater counterparts, make for a delicious meal, with flakey-white meat that oozes flavor when cooked. Another staple fish species would be the Weakfish. This fish, also known as the Gray Trout, is a relative of the Spotted Sea Trout that always seems to be around. There are numerous other species in the Outer Banks on which locals can rely, including Pigfish, Pinfish, Kingfish, Sheepshead, and a number of other fish that can be caught in the surf, including perch and other small fish. Who says fishing in the Outer Banks requires a fishing charter?

    The Outer Banks of North Carolina is one of the most beautiful, naturally-occuring wonders of North America, with rich historical ties and some of the best fishing in the World. Not a lot of people know about this island chain. Hell, when you think of the world “island,” chances are good the first state that pops into your head isn’t North Carolina. Netflix has a way of taking a little-known corner of the world and making it a fast tourist destination. “Outer Banks” puts that island chain, the same little island chain that provided shelter to explorers, housed the first colonists, and saw the birth of the first English-born settler in America, on the map, and this time it’s much bigger. While the OBX has, for years, been a getaway for North Carolinians, this series has the potential to keep visitors coming for years in the future, desperate for a chance to toss in a line, kick back, and enjoy fishing in “The Graveyard of the Atlantic,” a graveyard teeming with life below the surface.

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Fishing Willow Beach – Catch Fish Near Las Vegas

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Can You Fish at Willow Beach?

Willow Beach is a long-time classic fishing destination. It’s a part of Lake Mohave on the Colorado River. The black rock canyons are just below Hoover dam and are part of Lake Mead National Park. Its Cold waters are on the north of Lake Mohave.

I’m going to share stuff here that you won’t find anywhere else.

Back in the day, they used to catch huge
rainbow trout out of that little beach. I remember when I was a kid they had a café in by where the
store is. Other Species we caught were Carp, Catfish, and Bass.

Inside the café, we used to go there to eat breakfast in the mornings before we went
fishing or we would go fishing early and come to the café after a couple of hours of fishing.
Inside the café.

The walls were lined with hundreds of pictures of anglers with their catch. These
were all rainbow trout at the time and you had to have a trout over 5 pounds to get on the wall.

There were also taxidermy trout on the walls along with other wildlife that you can find in the
area. If I remember right there was a bighorn ram mount at the front entrance.

Later on, as I grew up in the 80s and 90s the decor changed a little bit. The trout pictures were still on the wall
but the trophy at the front of the store was in a case and it changed to a striped bass.

Around this time striped bass got out of Lake Mead into the river system. They had a heyday eating up
trout.

Because of that, they grew to enormous sizes. I can’t remember exactly but I seem to
recall a striped bass in the display case that was over 60 pounds if I remember right.

This place is the iconic big fish travel destination. There have been people coming here for decades to
catch big fish whether they be trout or striped bass.

I took a 100 person survey on facebook if people like bass fishing best or trout fishing best. Here’s the results.

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Can You Swim at willow beach?

There is no swimming allowed at the marina but if you go outside the buoys you can swim. You should be warned that the water is ice cold year around though.


Do I need an Arizona fishing license to fish at Willow Beach?

There is a lot of confusion unless you already know about whether you need a license to fish at
Willow Beach or not.

First of all yes you do need a license to fish at Willow Beach. However, if
you have a Nevada license that will work as well.

It doesn’t matter if you are on a boat or on
the shore as long as you have a Nevada or an Arizona license you are good to go.

Do I need a stamp for Arizona or Nevada at Willow Beach?

The answer is
no. Some time ago they did away with the stamps. Now when you buy the license it is included
with the license if you get it in Nevada or Arizona does not matter.

Do I need a trout stamp at Willow Beach?

Again the answer is no. Back in the day you
used to have to buy a trout stamp but nowadays that is included with the license as well no
matter which state you come from Arizona or Nevada.

Photo Angler Place Date More Info
alt Darren Enns Willow Beach 04/10/2021 More Info
alt Victor Jr. Lake Mead 06/21/2021 More Info
alt Earl Rohn Willow Beach 06/15/2021 More Info
alt Martin McElroy Echo Bay 06/17/2021 More Info

Do I need a stamp for a second pole at Willow Beach?

Once again the answer to that is no. It is
included with the license and you can have up to two poles but a maximum number of three hooks
between the two poles.

So I usually fish one pole with one hook in the other pole with two
hooks.
At the end of this article, I will give you a willow beach fishing Report for 2021


Can I catch striped bass at Willow Beach?

The answer is absolutely yes you can.

What are the
recommendations for catching striped bass?

Well you can do it similar to the way you do it in
Lake Mead- bait fishing with anchovies that are frozen.

Cut them in thirds and put them
on a standard worm hook. Use about 1 ounce of weight and toss them out there about as far as
you can get them.

If you are on a boat you can do the same thing or you can go upstream a ways and float down slowly with an anchovy on the hook slightly above the bottom.

Another
recommended way to catch striped bass is using baits that mimic baitfish. Either a lure that
mimics a shad or one that mimics a trout or even bluegill.

These are terrific to use because
the bass and the striped bass love to eat these smaller fish, especially trout.

In case you did not know trout are stocked at Willow Beach every Friday. When this happens it’s like buffet time for
the striped bass. This would be a good time to throw out a swim bait that looks like a trout.

last but not least you can use live bait which you can get from my buddy mike wigglerarmy.com

Can I catch trout at Willow Beach?

Again the answer to this is an astounding yes.

How do you catch trout at Willow Beach? I would suggest the old standby Berkeley power bait and fish
somewhere around the picnic area by the store or the fishing pier over by the hatchery.

Probably the best place to catch trout. Anywhere in between that is able to be official legally is
good as well. If you have a boat or kayak you can go up or downstream and fish The coves. The
trout like to hang out in there as well and you can catch some real big trout at Willow Beach.

Both of my sons have caught 5-pound trout there. In case you were wondering yes this was
recently it was 2020.

My son Lorin at Willow Beach – This Rainbow Trout was caught on a Berkley Mousetail

I know the best do you eat the trout but the hatchery also put out some
very large ones for the anglers to catch. You can also use lures like spinners for trout and even
jerk baits that are semi-small.

Another popular soft bait or mouse tails made by Berkley. Also,
regular old nightcrawlers are a great option. You can get them from my friend mike
wigglerarmy.com

Marshmallows are a good bait for trout as well. Some people use the garlic-flavored ones made
specifically for fishing but the little colorful marshmallows that you put in your hot cocoa do a
nice job too. (the garlic flavored ones give me bad breath)

Lastly, a super very good option is wax worms or mealworms that you can get at
the store at Willow Beach. Keep in mind Arizona time is different than Nevada time most of the
year and the store closes fairly early.

My Son Jerren. His Beautiful Rainbow trout was Caught on a nightcrawler available in LasVegas Here


What are some Willow Beach fishing tips?

The first tip I would give you is to try to fish in the off
hours to beat the crowds.

A lot of people go down to Willow Beach If you try to go during a holiday weekend you are
going to fight for elbow room. I would say if you go in the morning during the week that would be
a terrific time.

Ethan Enns fishing on the pier at Willow Beach during an off time when there are not too many crowds

It doesn’t matter if you are going just to kayak or if you are fishing, the middle of
the week is a good time.

Late in the evening is also a good time. Only the most diehard
fisherman are out there after about 10 PM so getting a spot is not so hard except maybe on the
weekends. They do have a very nice fishing pier at Willow Beach and it’s quite large but in the
late summer, there’s a lot of grass around the pier so it’s kind of difficult to fish.

If you are going to fish the pier in the late summer you are going to want some sort of gear that you can cast out
very far. This will get you out past the grass and give you a better chance of getting a striper.

Mouse tails and wax worms seem to do the best on trout if you can see them. Plop one of these
baits in front of them and you can usually get their attention with it especially the wax worms
and regular worms.

The best piece of advice I can give you if you want to catch trout is to go
there on Friday morning. Prepare for heavy traffic along the shore because a lot of people know
that the department of wildlife stocks Willow Beach at the ramp on Friday mornings at about eight.

Watch out for the no fishing signs. You need to stay in the designated fishing areas which are a
little ways away from the docs. If you are fishing for striped bass this is a good time too.
Because the stripers come in to eat the trout. Putting something out there that looks like a trout
is a good bet during this time.

A Colorado River Rainbow Trout caught off the fishing pier at Willow Beach south of Hoover Dam. Caught on Berkley Power Bait. Orange


Willow Beach trout stocking schedule 2021

All I can tell you is that they stock Willow Beach at about 8:00 AM every Friday morning. There
are occasions when that schedule is changed for example during Covid lockdowns they did not
stock for quite a long time.

There may be other reasons why they don’t stock for example if it is
a holiday. Other than that they are pretty regular about it.

Willow Beach Fishing Guides

There are fishing guides that will take you fishing at Willow Beach. The one I recommend is
Travis Pitt Bass Experience.

Tell him Darren from FishinMoney sent you.

Willow Beach Fishing Report 2021

It’s willow beach. itseveryones favorite place to go get skunked. However if you follow the tips I give in this article you can also hit one out of the park. Oh and if you land-a big one, make sure to stop at the Willow Beach General Store and put your name on the board! and Tell em FishinMoney sent Ya!

That’s my boy at the bottom Hey Who else shows you this stuff? That’s Right FishinMoney got your 6.

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The Top 5 Bass Fishing Guides for Lake Kissimmee

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Florida Bass Charter–407-821-6101 Captain Tim and his fantastic team specializes in live bait and artificial bait trips. They know every technique that will catch you largemouth bass in Florida. This is not just a job for Captain Tim; this is his life and his passion. He is the best bass Fishing Guide for Lake Kissimmee. He lives to fish, and he enjoys taking vacationers out and sharing his expertise. The crew at Florida Bass Charter are United States Coast Guard certified. They follow all safety measures, and they are ready and willing to teach you all the techniques you need to know to catch largemouth bass in Florida. Give him a call and book your trip now. 

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If you are looking to catch trophy bass, you need to visit Kissimmee, Florida. Kissimmee Lake is the third-largest in Florida, offering 35,000+ acres of fantastic angling and stunning scenery. Lake Kissimmee is the largest with the Kissimmee chain of lakes, located 15 miles away from Lake Wales and approximately 40 miles from Orlando, Florida. Forget the amusement parks, museums, and other attractions and book a fishing guide for a day. Go out and have an adventure. Explore the beautiful Florida waters, learn how to fish for the first time, or try to catch a huge trophy bass. 

Lake Kissimmee has slightly warmer water temperatures than some other lakes in this area. Because of this, you can see many largemouth basses. There are many anglers in this area that will fish Kissimmee during summer. With a combination of heat and warmer water temperature, you will find an abundance of largemouth bass. If you can schedule your vacation/fishing trip during the complete moon phase, you can catch bass closer to the shore.  

Fishing on Lake Kissimmee

If you are an experienced angler, a pro, or use a guide, make sure you take advantage of the thick vegetation. All the guides will know this and know where the hot spots are going to be. Kissimmee doesn’t become as crowded as some of the more transparent lakes in Florida because of the heavier vegetation. An ideal hiding place for the Bass in this area; eelgrass, bulrush, and knotgrass. These vegetation types help protect bass, allowing them to grow to Lake Kissimmee’s large sizes. 

One of many highlights for fishing on Lake Kissimmee is catching Bass between 5-8 pounds. Now and then, some anglers can wrangle in a 10+ pound largemouth bass. While out on Lake Kissimmee, keep your eye out for large sections of reed or eelgrass. This is where you can find larger schools hiding out. 

Tips for Fishing on Lake Kissimmee

Fishing on the upper area of the chain of Kissimmee lakes can be a little more challenging. This area is more acidic and has tannin-stained waters. The lower Kissimmee chain has more shallow water and is sensitive to changing weather fronts during colder months. A lot of anglers choose to wade fish. Many boat ramps and fishing camps will grant access to wade fishing. In the Florida lakes, watch out for hydrilla. Hydrilla can make navigating these waters complex, so it is recommended to use a fishing guide if you have never been on Florida’s water.

When fishing on Lake Kissimmee during spring and winter, for best results, use flipping plastic baits or a slow-trolling golden shiner. If you search for largemouth bass during the fall or summer months, your go-to lures will be plastic worms, rattling crankbaits, and jerk baits. You will want to have a good arsenal of lures and other equipment no matter what time of year you go out fishing for largemouth bass. 

Popular lures for Lake Kissimmee 

The type of lure you use will depend on the area you are planning to fish and the kind of fish you plan to catch. I am providing a shortlist below some of the most popular lures for catching Largemouth Bass in Florida, specifically Lake Kissimmee and the surrounding area. 

JerkBait

This type of bait is perfect when fishing around hydrilla or eelgrass that are abundant in Florida lakes. Using your rod tip, you need to perform a complex jerking motion to get through the thick vegetation. Using jerk baits, you want to mimic shad and shiner colors, as this is the type of prey that bass is attracted to. 

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Speed Worm

Speed worms are the most popular and most versatile lure that you can use to catch Bass in Florida. You can use the speed worm; use it along with a heavyweight in cover, choose to worm it on the bottom of the lake, swim it back to you, or use it as a top-water lure. 

Swim Bait

This type of bit works exceptionally well around grass and lily pads on Lake Kissimmee. It is effortless to use; rig it up on a lightly weighted swimbait hook, throw it out, & reel it in slow and steady. The fish will go crazy! Make sure you are in or around some vegetation. 

Spinnerbait

With spinnerbait, you can catch trophy-sized bass. All you need to do is find an abundance of baitfish swimming around and toss in a white spinnerbait. Spinnerbait may not catch you the most fish, but it could snag you the biggest Bass of The trip if used correctly on Lake Kissimmee.

Rattletrap

This style of bait is best in the same areas and situations as your jerk bait. The thickness of vegetation will determine how you use a rattletrap; if hydrilla is thick, then you want to throw your rattletrap out and steadily reel it back in. If you are in sparse vegetation, you can do the Yo-Yo technique; bounce your line up and down. 

Lakes in The Kissimmee Chain

The lakes within the Kissimmee chain of lakes range in size from about 200 acres to 44,000 acres. The smaller lakes will, of course, have more limited fishing opportunities. I have included three of the most popular Bass Fishing lakes in the Kissimmee chain below. 

Lake Tohopekaliga

Twenty-two thousand seven hundred acres make up the most famous lake in Florida and the entire country. It is well known for producing more trophy Bass consistently than any other lake. According to Florida Wildlife Commissions’ biologist, for every 10-acres of land, there is one Bass over 10-pounds. Bassmaster Magazine has named Lake Toho “the most consistent lake for both numbers and trophy-sized bass.”

Lake Hatchineha

A top-class bass area, Lake Hatchineha offers gorgeous scenery. This lake is smaller and less known than other lakes in the Kissimmee chain. At only approximately seven thousand acres, Lake Hatchineha is a favorite spot for local anglers. The average depth is only 3-feet, and the deepest area comes in at 8-feet, making it one of the shallowest. Fishing on Lake Hatchineha is best done during the early mornings, evenings, late at night during summer, or in winter months.

Cypress Lake

At Cypress, you cannot only catch your share of largemouth bass, but you also see a variety of wildlife. Alligators, Osprey, and Eagles, among many others. All are living in their natural habitat. Cypress Lake has a record of 18-pound largemouth bass. This part of lake Kissimmee is best fished during the fall months but produces largemouth bass all year round. The locals prefer to slow-troll small jigs, which helps them locate the schools of baitfish. 

Top 5 Fishing Guides

I’ve given you information about the fishing on Lake Kissimmee and the surrounding areas. Now, I will provide you the names of the top 5 best fishing guides in this area. They will all make sure that you have all the information that I didn’t include. Your guides will also make sure that you have an incredible time on your Florida fishing adventure. 

1. Florida Bass Charter–407-821-6101                                                        

Captain Tim and his crew use top-of-the-line equipment and fishing gear at all times. He also guarantees that you will get your money back if you do not catch a fish with a wild shiner. No matter how many people want to go out fishing with Captain Tim, he can accommodate. If you need one boat, he has it; 5 boats are doable, and even 15 boats work just fine. Captain Tim not only owns Bass Fishing Charter, but he also has a bait and tackle shop that other fishing guides in the area use; Get Hooked Magic Baits. During the off-season, Captain Tim fishes the Florida lakes at the pro level.                                     

2. Super Bass Fishing Guide Service                             

Captain Joe Ventrello will provide his clients with conclusive guidance and instruction to ensure they have a successful Florida fishing experience. Captain Joe welcomes people of all skill levels and all ages to use his guide service. He also has extensive knowledge of tackle and other products to help make your trip a fun success. You can choose to go out on the lake with Captain Joe for a full day or ½ day of angling fun. Super Bass Fishing Guide Service is family-friendly (they welcome and enjoy children) and has everything that you could need for your fishing experience; Bring yourself.    

3. Central Florida Bass Fishing                                           

They have recognized captain John Leech on ESPN, Field & Stream, Outdoor Channel, and more. Captain John is well known in this area and will take you out Bass Fishing on Florida’s best lakes. He will consider the weather, water level, and time of year and then decide where the best place to go fishing for the day. After you guys meet up, first thing in the morning, you will make a stop for needed bait, food, drinks, and whatever else you will need for your adventure. You have package options that include 2, 4, 6, or 8-hour options. Captain John will make sure that you have an exciting, memorable trip and that you finish your day toting many basses to shore.

4. Orlando Fishing Guide                                          

Captain Randy Dumars specializes in artificial and live bait; The Orlando Fishing Guide team is here to help you accomplish your dream; catching a trophy-sized bass. They use state-of-the-art bass fishing boats or bay boats, and each guide is professional and exceptionally knowledgeable on Kissimmee and the surrounding lakes. Call them or visit their website today and book your Bass Fishing trip. They are ready and excited about taking you out on the waters of Florida, providing you with an exceptional experience of a lifetime. 

5. Horizon Fishing Charters                                          

Captain Brent Kirkendall is located in Lake Toho Fishing Camp. Horizon offers ½ day, ¾ day, and full-day options. They are only available for Lake Toho and Lake Tarpon, but they know all the secret “hot spots” in those areas that will produce large Bass numbers. All of your gear is tournament grade, from the boat to rods, reels, fishing lines, and more. They will instruct you on different techniques using a variety of lures. They use bass boats that can navigate shallow areas where larger vessels can not go. 

 Conclusion

If you are looking to snag that trophy bass or go bass fishing, Kissimmee Lake and surrounding areas are the most productive areas. There are a large variety of places along Lake Kissimmee that the bass fishing guides can take you. They know all of the best places to fish at each particular time of the year. They can look at the weather and the fishing report and know exactly where to go for the day. All the fishing charters in the Kissimmee area are very knowledgeable and have been taking visitors out fishing for many years. You can be confident that whichever fishing guide you choose from the list above, you are going to have the time of your life. I will guarantee you that you will catch an abundance of largemouth bass when you fish on Kissimmee Lake. Remember to purchase your Florida fishing license and call in advance to book your Florida Guide/Charter, they get booked up in a hurry just before the summer season.                                                                                                        

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If you are taking a trip to Orlando, Florida for a huge fishing trip, then I am going to offer you some spectacular information. This will help you in catching a lot of fish, having a superb time, and going home with a ton of stories to tell. I have found the best bait and tackle shop in the Orlando, Florida area. They offer hundreds of hand-made, custom baits for catching fish on all of the Florida lakes. The owner of this particular bait and tackle store is also a United States Coast Guard certified fishing guide. Captain Tim Bagwell knows all there is to know about the lakes and fishing in Florida. https://floridabasscharter.com/

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Where can I buy bait in Orlando?

Get Hooked Magic Baits is the premier place to get all of the bait and tackle that you will need to be successful while fishing in Florida. Tim’s website (www.gethookedmagicbaits.com) offers any kind of bait and tackle that you can imagine. All the baits are custom-made and used all over the United States for outstanding fishing. Whether you are a beginner, a pro, young, or old Get Hooked Magic Baits has everything you need for a fantastic fishing trip, no matter where you are. (Captain Bagwell says It’s not about the baits it’s about the magic.)

Let’s take a gander at the website and give you all of the best information possible, including all of the contact information that you need, in case you have any questions or concerns. Get Hooked Bait & Tackle is the go-to bait and tackle shop in the Orlando area.

Best Bait Shop in Orlando – Get Hooked Bait & Tackle

If you are in the Orlando area and you are looking for the best tackle possible for fishing the Florida waters, please stop in at 358 Story Road Suite A in Ocoee, Florida. The staff atGet Hooked Bait & Tackle will help you find everything that you need to make your fishing trip successful. Whether you live in Florida or you are there on vacation, stop in and see Captain Tim and his extremely knowledgeable staff.

Best Bass Baitshop Website

If you are wanting to take a look at everything they have to offer, before you get to Florida or to use in your own lakes then take a look at their spectacular website www.gethookedmagicbaits.com It is extremely user friendly and organized. They have thousands of items to choose from in a vast array of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can do a ‘search for a particular product or you can browse one of their many categories; flukes, worms, frogs, jerk baits, and trick worms just to name a few. They also have rods, reels, combos (in-store), and everything else you need for a spectacular fishing trip

If you can not find something that you are looking for, feel free to email [email protected] or give them a call at 1-407-347-3072. Tim and his amazing staff will be more than happy to help you with any questions that you have. Also available on their website is Get Hooked merchandise and terminal tackle. You can also visit their other website www.gethookedbaitandtackle.com Not only do they have all the fishing equipment that you need for your fishing trip in Florida, they also offer Bass Fishing Guide Trips. Check it out and book your trip today.

Where can I buy live bait in Orlando?

Tim and his crew offer live bait all year round at Get Hooked Bait & Tackle. It is actually some of the best live bait in the state of Florida. Choose from crickets, minnows, shiners, wild shiners, and worms. At Get Hooked Magic Baits they have all of your must-have fishing supplies. They also have buckets and aerators for the live bait. They have forgotten not a single thing that you will need for an amazing fishing trip in Florida.

Get Hooked Magic Baits has every type of bait you will need to catch every type of fish that roams the waters in Florida. They can provide advice on the best spots to fish, the best times of day to go fishing, and they can answer any other questions that you may have. You can follow Tim and his crew on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/gethooked.baitandtackle or https://www.facebook.com/GHMBwork

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Check out their blog from either website www.gethookedmagicbaits.com or www.gethookedbaitandtackle.com You can also see photos and videos of their catches … using the Get Hooked Magic Baits very own custom baits. Everything you need and everything you need to know about fishing in Florida can be purchased and answered by Captain Tim and his staff. Browse their website and you will see for yourself. Their baits are popular all over the United States, no matter where you are going to be fishing their baits will get you what you want.

Conclusion

Captain Tim Bagwell and his team are extremely knowledgeable about all things fishing in the Orlando, Florida area. His bait and tackle shop Get Hooked Bait & Tackle has thousands of options to choose from. They sell and ship all over the United States. Check out the website www.gethookedmagicbaits.com and see for yourself, all of the ‘magic’ that Tim has to offer, whether you are fishing in Florida or fishing ‘in your own backyard.’

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