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Free Fishing Day – What Is It?

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Fishing is one of the most exciting pastimes and ways of life across the world, and here in the United States, we have true, never-wavering appreciation for the word “free.” Whether that means freedom of religion or free hot dogs on the 4th of July, Americans, for the most part, love having a good time while pinching their pennies in the process. For all lovers of the outdoors, there’s an annual tradition put on by the Fish and Wildlife Departments of each state that allows for a perfect day to enjoy the great outdoors without spending a dime to get in anywhere: free fishing day. Free fishing day is a tradition celebrated nationwide, wherein people from all around the state flock to their favorite fishing spots to enjoy a day of free fishing for the entire family. Taking the kids out for a day of fishing is an excellent way to spend time together, and maybe even take something home to show for it. Anglers across the nation wait in anticipation every year for these events, excited for the chance to get out of the house and enjoy some quality time in the outdoors with that special someone, all-the-while remaining frugal. Rules and regulations vary by state, as well as when Free Fishing Days are put on the calendar. These days it’s especially hard to get all the info you need in one place, so here’s a state-by-state breakdown of upcoming Free Fishing Days to be sure to look out for.   

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Alabama

According to outdooralabama.com, Free Fishing Day will be on Saturday, June 13, 2020. This will coincide with National Fishing and Boating week, June 6-14th.

Alaska

As of the writing of this article, Alaska is the only state in the country that does not hold any Free Fishing Day traditions or events. In a state that’s economy relies heavily on utilizing its natural resources, I can’t say I don’t understand.

Arizona

Leading into the National Fishing and Boating week, Free Fishing Day for the state of Arizona falls on Saturday, June 6th, 2020. Arizona offers a wide variety of species to fish for throughout their state waterways. The Arizona Game and Fish Dept. allows for one free day of fishing a year, making this a special occasion that Arizonans can look forward to.

Arkansas

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission held a week of Free Fishing Days in the state of Arkansas earlier this year, opening up a full nine days of free fishing. The state is also expected to host another free fishing event the second weekend in June, this year going from June 12th-14th. 

California

Whether it’s an 1849 gold rush or the modern day, it seems like there are always folks headed out to California. For being a state with a population of nearly 40 million, the natural wonders and rich history of iconic Americana make California a beautiful state for city-dwellers and outdoorsy people alike. The Golden State is lucky enough to get two Free Fishing Days per year, with dates scheduled for Saturday, July 4th and Saturday, Sept. 5th. Check wildlife.ca.gov for more information. 

Colorado

Free fishing days in the Centennial State are part of the statewide annual Free Fishing Weekend, scheduled for June 6-7th, 2020. Check the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for more info on fishing locations, tackle, regulations, etc.

Connecticut

Free fishing day falls on May 9th, however there are also available dates where anglers can get a free 1-day fishing license. More information on fishing regulations and events can be found at portal.ct.gov

Delaware

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife  free fishing days work in conjunction with National Fishing Week, with free fishing for anglers on June 6-7th, 2020. Delaware has a rich variety of fish species to fish from, and on the two free fishing days of the year, you can reap the rewards without spending a dime on a license. 

Florida

Blessed with abundant freshwater and saltwater fishing, the Sunshine state holds several “License-Free” fishing days throughout the year, both for freshwater and saltwater anglers. All standard regulations apply, check myfwc.com for more information.

Georgia

Free Fishing Day in Georgia is held in accordance with National Fishing and Hunting Day, which falls on September 26th, 2020. General information about fishing in the Peach State can be found at georgiawildlife.com.

Hawaii

On vacation in Hawaii and want to fish? Well, friend, you’re in luck. It’s free! There is no requirement for a residential or non-residential fishing license while fishing in Hawaii, as long as you don’t try to sell your catch. Information on free fishing 365-days-a-year can be found at the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources page.

Idaho

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, free fishing day falls on the second Saturday of every June, making the upcoming June 13, 2020, a day for fun and fishing, no license required.

Illinois

Free fishing days in the Land of Lincoln are scheduled for June 19-22nd, 2020. Updates, regulations, fishing spots, and more can be found on ifishillinois.com

Indiana

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has alloted for 4 different free fishing days to fall on various dates during the year. The first is scheduled for May 3rd, while two more days are scheduled in celebration of National Fishing Week as well, making June 6-7th also free fishing days. Finally, one last free day of the year is scheduled for National Fishing and Hunting day, September 26th, 2020. Locals can check In.gov for more information on fishing in Indiana.

Iowa

The state of Iowa regulates that Free Fishing Weekend falls on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of June, in accordance with National Fishing week. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources welcomes families statewide to get outdoors and enjoy the fishing that the Hawkeye state has in store.

Kansas

According to ksoutdoors.com, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website, Free Fishing days are scheduled for June 6-7th, 2020 in accordance with National Fishing week. Other information, and updates can also be found here.

Kentucky

Kentucky also offers Free Fishing Days the first weekend of June, June 6-7th, due to National Fishing Week. There will be no need for a license to fish these dates. Check fw.ky.gov for more information on fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation in the state of Kentucky.

Louisiana

Free fishing days for Louisiana are scheduled for June 13-14th, the second Saturday and Sunday of the Month. Louisiana residents are invited to spend the weekend fishing without the need for a license. This state has a large variety of species to go after, and the state Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries hold the annual free weekend following the wrap-up of National Fishing and Boating week, June 6th-12th. 

Maine

 Based on schedules created by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the state gets two Free Fishing Weekends per year. The first of 2020 took place back in February, while the upcoming free fishing weekend is scheduled for May 30-31st, 2020. 

Maryland

Maryland has three Free Fishing Days, two on the first two Saturdays of June, June 6th and June 13th, as well as a Free Fishing Day to celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources sets these as opportunities for free fishing on an annual basis, allowing residents to make free fishing days a yearly tradition for the whole family to enjoy.

Massachusetts

The State of Massachusetts has both freshwater and saltwater Free Fishing Days allotted for dates in June. Dates for free fishing in freshwater falls on June 6-7th, adhering to the National Fishing Week festivities, while free fishing days for saltwater anglers take place on Father’s Day weekend, and dates for that weekend are June 20-21st, 2020. Visit www.mass.gov for fishing information and updates.

Michigan

Michigan has an upcoming Free Fishing Weekend planned for June 13th & 14th, 2020. The state holds two free weekends per year, and while the Michigan DNR already held the first free weekend earlier this year, residents of Michigan look forward to tossing in a line during two upcoming days of free fishing.

Minnesota

Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 lakes, is said to be home to some of the best fishing in North America. World famous for its Walleye, Northern Pike and Bass fishing, Minnesota’s free fishing days are not an opportunity to pass up. The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources has several free fishing dates lined up throughout the year, with more than one holiday or event being celebrated with free fishing dates. One such holiday coming up from June 5th through 7th, 2020 is “Take a Kid Fishing” day, which allows anglers to fish for free, as long as they bring a kid younger than 16 years old along with them. Minnesota regularly holds these events throughout the year, as fishing in the Land of 10,000 Lakes seems to be a source of a lot of revenue for the state. Even sooner than that, Take a Mom Fishing weekend is scheduled for May 9th & 10th, which is an entire weekend of free fishing in celebration of Mother’s day and the mothers that make it all possible. In January, Minnesota holds the first free fishing day of the year,  “Take a Kid Ice Fishing day.” This day gives families another opportunity to get out and fish, just this time it’s quite a bit colder, and you’re fishing through the ice. With those dates already lined up for January of 2021, Minnesota has free fishing opportunities planned out for the remainder of the year.

Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has marked June 1st & 2nd on its calendar as Free Fishing days in celebration of National Fishing and Boating week. During these days, anglers and fishermen from around the state may take to the river for a day of Free fishing, including the waiving of required permits for those fishing in State parks. In addition to these dates, fishing without a license is also permitted on July 4th, however those fishing within state parks must still have a permit to do so on this date. Mississippi’s MDWFP welcomes all guests for days of free fishing and fun.

Missouri

Missouri’s Department of Conservation allots the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Monday of the month of June as the state’s official “Free Fishing Weekend, which this year will fall on June 6th and 7th. An important aspect of free fishing days are the opportunity for those new to fishing to give it a try before they spend the money for a fishing license. After all, why not give it a try? It’s free! Of course, statewide fishing rules and regulations are still in effect, but anglers can enjoy at least two free dates at the beginning of June as the fishing season starts to pick back up.

Montana

Montana: Known for its wide-open spaces and great big skies, one treasure you’ll never run out of in the Treasure State? Places to fish. With a wide variety of species and fishing locations, locals from Montana look forward to Father’s Day Weekend every year, a weekend dedicated to catching fish and spending some time with your old man. Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks mark’s Saturday and Sunday, June 20 & 21st as the dates to add to the calendar for this year.

Nebraska

Fishing in the state of Nebraska can be harsh. The state regularly has harsh, hot summers and frigid, miles-below-freezing winters, which can sometimes make fishing a challenge. It takes a lot for a fish to grow up and become strong, and having endured such harsh weather all their lives, fish in Nebraska have got to be tough. For those locals or those planning on fishing in Nebraska, Free Fishing Day has been scheduled by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission  for the Saturday before Memorial Day, as it is every year. This year’s date falls on May 23rd, giving anglers a chance to bring home the big one.

Nevada

Nevada is home to more than 60 native fish species, with the most notable species for the state being the famous Striped Bass out of Lake Mead, the largest man-made Lake in the United States. While people come from all over the country for the warm-water striper bite, making Saturday, June 13th, Nevada’s Free Fishing Day, a dream for those wanting to get in on the action without breaking the bank. According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, free fishing day here in the desert always falls on the second Saturday in June, so whenever you’re planning that next fishing trip out to Lake Mead, maybe shoot for that date, you and your buddies just might fish for free!

New Hampshire

If you’re a New Hampshire resident looking for a day of free fishing, it looks like you’re out of luck until next winter. New Hampshire Fish and Game has already held their annual day of free fishing on January 18, 2020. Fishing the East coast is a challenge all its own, and in New Hampshire, where anglers can enjoy both freshwater and saltwater fishing, January seems to be the best month to allow the locals and tourists a chance to fish for free. 

New Jersey

New Jersey’s Dept. of Environmental Protection has been holding both Spring and Fall Free Fishing Days since 2015, and with this year’s dates scheduled to be on June 6th and October 17th, fishermen and women from all around the state can take the opportunity to go out and fish for free on these dates.

New Mexico

There are free fishing days scheduled for New Mexico each year, with the annual fishing event day typically taking place on June 6th of this year. New Mexico Game and Fish put on this little shindig every year as a way to let families get out on the water to spend time together in the outdoors. Each year, more and more people flock to their nearest fishing holes, and anglers in the great state of New Mexico are no different.

New York

When you think of New York, the first image that pops into your head is most likely New York City, with the towering buildings that reach for the sky, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, things like that. However, anybody knows that there is much more to New York than the big NYC. Upstate New Yorkers can appreciate a good day of fishing just like any of the rest of us, and it’s even better when it’s a day of free fishing for the whole family to appreciate, but what about 5 days a year of license-free fishing? New York’s Free Fishing days are Feb. 15th & 16th for President’s Day weekend, June 27th & 28th for Free Fishing Weekend, and one more on November 11th for Veterans Day. Check dec.nyc.gov for more information on fishing in New York.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission only allots for one Free Fishing day of the year, which is always scheduled for the 4th of July in celebration of US Independence. On this one day per year, which is typically already a free fishing day in some states, anybody can toss in a line and fish in both freshwater and saltwater spots completely free for the day, no license or trout stamp required.

North Dakota

For those anglers up there in North Dakota, you’ve got a free fishing weekend coming your way. The North Dakota Game and Fish board has made June 6th & 7th a Free Fishing Weekend in celebration of National Fishing and Boating week, as well as the last Free Fishing weekend of the year, December 26th & 27th.

Ohio

Free Fishing Days are coming up for the great state of Ohio, with the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources releasing a new set of guidelines for fishing in 2020, along with announcing Free Fishing Days are upcoming, scheduled for June 20-21, 2020. From now on, the free fishing weekend will be held on the weekend including the third Sunday in June.

Oklahoma

Like most other states, the Wildlife Department of Oklahoma has planned their state’s free fishing days in adherence to National Fishing and Boating Week. June 6th & 7th are expected to be some of the biggest days of fishing nationwide, as they are every year, and fishing in Oklahoma will be no different.

Oregon

Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife holds several free fishing weekends throughout the year, and as the summer months start to set in, another weekend fishing on the house is soon upon us. Although the state already enjoyed a free fishing weekend back on February 15th & 16th,  June 6th & 7th are set for Oregon residents to try their fishing luck, as well as another two weekends this year, those being August 15th & 16th and November 27th & 28th. This is the final fishing weekend of the year, wrapping up 2020’s free events.

Pennsylvania

Free fishing days are a pleasure whenever they roll around, and when you’re really itching to get out on the water and fish, these events are what some people are praying for. Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission schedule no-license needed, free fishing days on the Sunday before Memorial Day rolls around each year, in addition to another free day for the 4th of July. All rules, regulations, and restrictions will still be in effect, however anglers of all ages are welcome to spend these days fishing for free.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island has opened its spring trout season, and with that comes the excitement and anticipation of Free Fishing Days! The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has opened May 2nd & 3rd as free fishing days in the state. The trout bite is sweet, and the free bite is sweeter.

South Carolina

South Carolina is easily one of the most infamous spots in the United States for fishing. Ever heard of a “Carolina Rig” and wonder where that term came from? Well, there you go! South Carolina’s Free Fishing Days are held every year on the same days: Memorial Day, and the 4th of July. In-state residents and out-of-state visitors are welcomed to come and enjoy what fishing in SC has to offer.

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks is holding their annual Free Fishing Weekend and State Parks Open House from Friday, May 15th through Sunday, May 17th, 2020. This will allow state residents the chance to visit their favorite fishing locations, including State Parks, and have a great time fishing and enjoying the beauty of their state. Anglers around the state are welcome to try their luck at fishing and enjoy the outdoors.

Tennessee

Following along with what many other states have done, Tennessee plans their annual Free Fishing Days in accordance with National Fishing and Boating week as well, however the state’s Wilderness Resources Agency offers fishermen the chance to fish all week long. Starting on June 6th and running through June 12th, 2020, Tennessee residents and visitors can spend some time at some of Tennessee’s best fishing spots and fish for free without having to purchase a license.

Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas, let’s just hope the fish are too. For one prime day a year, Texans and visitors of the Lone Star can visit any of the state’s hundreds of fishing spots and fish for free. In accordance with National Fishing and Boating week, the Texas Parks and Wildlife service have made the call: June 6th, 2020 is the day to get out on the water and see what’s biting, especially on a day where your wallet isn’t.

Utah

Utah’s Department of Natural Resources also adheres to June 6th as the state’s official Free Fishing Day. Utah is a state famous for its excellent trout fishing, and as the spring trout season starts to pick up, the early days of June are the perfect time to get out on the water with your family and enjoy the natural beauty of the Earth. Who knows, if you play your cards right, you just might bring home a free dinner.

Vermont

The state of Vermont is known for its beautiful trees in the fall, world-famous Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and Bernie Sanders, but what most don’t know is that Vermont has excellent Brook trout fishing. Vermont’s DFW, the state holds two annual Free Fishing Days, the first of which is held on the fourth Saturday of the month, which has already taken place this year. The next free day annually falls on the second Saturday in June, making June 13th the next free day of fishing.

Virginia

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is getting a head start on the action this year. As we all know by now, National Fishing and Boating Week takes place in June of every year, this year beginning on June 6th. Virginia’s Free Fishing days are scheduled for June 5th through 7th, giving Virginia residents and visitors of the state alike a head start.

Washington

There’s no place quite like the Pacific Northwest, and with a state like Washington, rich in natural beauty and resources, it’s no surprise that the locals get excited for free fishing days. Washington state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife sticks to scheduling free days around National Fishing and Boating week as well, making them one of many states to celebrate the week with free fishing opportunities.

West Virginia

Take me home, country roads, to the place, where I can fish for free! West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resources’ free weekend falls on the second Saturday and Sunday in June annually. This year’s events will take place on Saturday, June 13th and 14th, and will allow visitors and West Virginia residents to fish for free, making “almost heaven” a little bit closer to the real thing.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin has been America’s Dairyland for as long as we can remember, but one aspect of the cheese state that gives the other states a run for their money is its whopping number of lakes in the region. Sitting at around 15,000 naturally-occuring lakes, Wisconsin officially has more lakes than Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Anglers can enjoy those 15,000 lakes and reservoirs on Free Fishing weekend, this year being put on by the Wisconsin Division of Natural Resources on June 6th & 7th, honoring National Fishing and Boating week. Wisconsin also holds a Winter Free Fishing weekend, with dates for January 2021 already planned out. 

Wyoming

As the least-populated state in the nation, beating out Alaska, it would make sense for Wyoming to be way down at the bottom, huh? With a population of 578,759 people in the entire state, there’s not a whole lot going on up in Wyoming…that is, until it’s free fishing day. Free fishing day for Wyoming also adheres to National Fishing and Boating week, making June 6th the go-to fishing day for most of the United States. Wyoming Game and Fish invite anglers of all ages to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of the state and its wildlife.

Free fishing is a tradition that we get to look forward to every year because of the way it makes us feel. Humans have been gathering and hunting for hundreds of thousands of years, and fishing in the modern day is a way for us to pay homage to our ancestors who came before us and showed us the way. Now we are living in a world where everything costs money, and whether or not we’re spending our time doing what we enjoy doing, time is far more valuable. If the “free” aspect of free fishing is what you enjoy the most, all power to you, but it’s spending our time doing what we enjoy and enjoying being with those that we’re closest to that we start to realize that “free” fishing day is free for a reason. Everybody deserves an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the world around us, and when we continue fishing, we keep that idea and spirit alive. Now that is priceless.

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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!

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The Top 5 Bass Fishing Guides for Lake Kissimmee

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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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Best bait shop in Orlando (live Bait / Custom Plastics)

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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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