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How to Night Fish

Although fish do not sleep, most change their behavior at night. The tips given here can help you catch your limit after the sun goes down.


  • Step 1: Time your fishing Start fishing after sunset or 1 to 2 hours before sunrise. The best time of year for night fishing is between the months of April and October.
  • TIP: If you will be fishing from a boat, make sure it is running properly. You don't want to get stuck on a lake, day or night.
  • Step 2: Fish in shallows Fish near reefs and ledges, or within casting distance of shallows. Retaining walls, docks, and brush areas are good places to find night-feeding fish.
  • TIP: Fish that are active at night often leave the muddy bottoms of lakes and streams at night to search the shallows for food.
  • Step 3: Use artificial bait Use artificial bait. Most fish that are active at night have keen senses of touch and taste, but weak sight, and are very sensitive to slight movements in the water.
  • Step 4: Carry needle-nose pliers Carry a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove hooks from the mouths of fish in the dark.
  • Step 5: Bring flashlights Bring flashlights or a headlamp and spare batteries.
  • Step 6: Take insect repellant Take along plenty of insect repellant. Even if the fish don't bite, the mosquitoes probably will.
  • FACT: A traditional method of night fishing in Japan uses tame cormorants to catch river fish.

You Will Need

  • Timing
  • Shallow water
  • Artificial bait
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Flashlights
  • Insect repellant
  • Boat (optional)

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