Locating fish according to their habits can drastically increase the number of fish you catch! Although every type of fish, according to fishermen all across the US, have different idiosyncrasies, they tend to have a few things in common.

If you want to be successful, whether it is coming home with the big catch or food for supper, knowing these 5 “habits” can make or break your successful fishing adventure.

  • Clean or Murky Water
  • Fish are Sensitive to Temperature
  • Hide and Seek
  • Fish Sit Still
  • Fish are Lazy

Clean or Murky Water

Some fish are sight feeders. Depending on the fish you are attempting to catch, you might want to steer clear of murky waters. Sight feeders like crappie, large-mouth bass and Tiger Musky are great examples. However, if you are looking for catfish, the murkier the better. They are bottom feeders as well as love a good murky living space.

 

Fish are Sensitive to Temperature

A fraction of a degree makes a big difference in the health of fish. Fish cannot regulate their body temperature; they rely on the consistent temperatures of the water in which they live. Knowing what fish like, when it comes to temperature, can certainly influence where the fish are hanging out.

Warmer waters tend to make fish hungry. Look for bass, walleye and sunfish in warmer waters.

Hide and Seek

Fish seek adequate protection against dangers. Building on how temperature changes affect fish, they tend to get a little skittish; this makes them want to hide. Also, hiding keeps them from being ambushed by their prey. Fallen trees, weeds or boat docks are great hiding spaces. Knowing this can help you find fish like bass, perch and crappie.

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Fish Sit Still

Facing high winds, you duck for cover. When a fish is facing a strong current, it can be hitting them in the face the same way. If you pay attention to the current, it could be the edge you need to catch the “big one.”

Fish are Lazy

Gamefish congregate where food is easy to find. They tend to have a place of security when food is scarce. When reading the waters, notice where the smaller fish are congregating. Where the small fish are, the big ones are not too far away. Fish are lazy, they like to get off the couch and just have to make it to the refrigerator, not have to go to the store to get groceries and cook food.

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