Five VT Fishing Guide Shallow Water Fishing Tips

Fishing in shallow water requires a completely different set of techniques than fishing in deep waters. As a VT Fishing Guide many of my customers are used to fishing in deeper waters. Everything from the way you cast to the lures you use will affect whether or not your catch fish that day. Here are five ways you can improve your fishing technique to catch more shallow water fish. 

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1 Read The Water

Select your bait based on the water you are fishing. If you are in muddy water or lots of weeds, use a darker bait or a purple or black plastic worm. If the water is mostly clear, use something more transparent. 

 

2 Watch How You Cast

Some people cast overhand or sidearm or underhand. Everyone has a different technique to how they cast. Try casting with a sidearm and pull back on the lure as it hits the water. The goal here is to disrupt the water as little as possible. A big splash from a good cast can spook the fish and drive them away. Check the amount of weights you are using on your line, more is not always the best choice. 

 

3 Improve Your Accuracy

You can improve your casting by pitch casting. What is pitch casting? Pitch casting will help to improve your accuracy and reduce the amount of splash. Pull your line out to the same length as your fishing pole. Point the rod straight out, aligned with the centerline of your body. Keep the line taught and gently swing the rod out away from your body like a pendulum. This will result in a soft splash in the water that won’t spook the fish. 

 

4 Row The Boat

Fishing in shallow water near the vegetation or fallen trees can be exciting. When entering into these areas, don’t power your boat into these spots. Slow your motor or use a trolling motor. Powering through these areas will spool the fish and clog your motor blade. Come in close and drift whenever possible and turn off all of your electronics. Many types of fish love to live in the weeds. These tend to be great spots for small and largemouth bass. 

 

5 Wacky Rig

What is a wacky rig?  Wacky rig is a type of worm or other bait that both sides move in the water. Fishing with a wacky worm can be challenging, but if used properly they are excellent in catching fish. Be patient when using a wacky worm and learn how to skip your wacky rig. When you skip cast your wacky worm it tends to attract the fish better and gets you in close to docks, laydowns, and any other vertical cover. 

Aaron Hallman
Aaron Hallman
February 16, 2024.
My wife and I visited Vermont for our anniversary, and have always wanted to ice fish. We didn't really know what to expect, but it definitely wasn't the experience we got! Couldn't have imagined a better experience. Keith put in absolute work to make sure we had an awesome time and went over and above to make sure we caught some fish. The wife ended up landing a monster pike and largemouth. The experience made our entire trip worth it, and I'm so glad we called stay bent instead of anyone else.
Sarah Hallman
Sarah Hallman
February 16, 2024.
My husband and I had the best time ice fishing with Keith as our guide! We caught bass, pickerel, pike, perch, and smelt and had a blast the whole time!
Chris Bernardi
Chris Bernardi
September 9, 2023.
Keith was an outstanding guide. He was patient, took the time to explain the technique we were to use, and was set on us landing fishing. We had a great time and would definitely use his charter again.
Ken wholey
Ken wholey
August 24, 2023.
Took the guys out for the day on the lake and had a blast reeling in big bass. Kieth was awesome and we will be using him again in the future.
Derrick O'Donnell
Derrick O'Donnell
August 23, 2023.
If you’re looking to catch a ton of fish and have a blast while you’re doing it, you’re at the right place! Can’t wait to go again.
Michael Rodrigues
Michael Rodrigues
August 15, 2023.
I had the pleasure of being on Keith's boat August 6th fishing for my first lake trout trip. He put us on tons of fish and I put my limit in the freezer. Always a great time and an even better fishing guide.
dante canepari
dante canepari
August 15, 2023.
Im not much of a fisherman, but Keith made me feel like a pro. He has top notch equipment, knowledge, and was very professional and patient with a novice like me.
Brown Family
Brown Family
August 12, 2023.
Great trip on Lake Bomoseen with my son! Enjoyed the day - Keith did a terrific job and it was a great experience. He works hard to ensure you're catching fish! We'll see you again next year for sure. Thanks. George
Thomas Novotny
Thomas Novotny
July 18, 2023.
Keith runs a great business, has great character, and is invested in your success and happiness. No other captain and charter has brought me the experience Keith catered - lessons, laughs, diligence and a personalized journey hooking into fish all day. There wasn’t a half hour where we didn’t put a fish on the boat - of course each day is different - but you could always feel the magic when he put a rod in your hands. 5/5

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