One of the first things you must do to plan a great fishing trip is to identify your priorities. You need to be more specific than just saying you want great fishing. Great fishing may mean different things to each person in your fishing party.
One person might be happy with catching 20 fish per day, while another might be expecting 30 fish per hour. So, you need to decide this upfront.
Let’s take a look at some of the most important things to consider when deciding where to go on your fishing trip.
What type of fish do you want to catch?
While this may seem obvious, it is something that needs to be discussed. One person may want to fish for walleye and northern pike, while others may want to go bass fishing. Since many northern lakes have water too cold for bass, you may end up at a lake that would really disappoint the bass fisherman.
Do you want tons of action? Or trophy fish?
Some anglers simply enjoy catching lots of fish (almost any size) with the hope of getting a few big ones. Other fishermen would rather give up catching a large quantity of fish for a better chance at catching the biggest fish they can find. You need to decide which is more important to your fishing group… lots of fish that maybe aren’t the biggest or fewer fish but a greater chance of a huge one.
It should be noted that there are many places where you can do both… catch lots of fish and get some big ones. But, these tend to be at the more remote and pricey lodges and are not always feasible for many fishing groups.
How are you going to catch your fish?
Do you like to troll? Or drift? Fish in streams? Deepwater fish?
We’ve seen people trolling in 60 feet of water thinking the fish was only a few feet from the surface. Not much chance of catching anything this way. Be sure you know the type of fishing your group prefers and that the lake will offer it.
What do you want to spend on this fishing trip?
The price you’re willing to pay will have a great impact on the type of fishing trip you’ll have.
Be realistic. How much do you really want to spend? Are you comfortable in a tent or tar-paper shack on a lake with great fishing?
Or would you prefer staying at a more upscale fishing lodge?
Do you want to cook for yourself… or do you want the fishing camp to do the cooking?
And what about shower facilities? Are you willing to use a community shower or do you want a private shower and bath in your own cabin? Gentlemen, if you’re taking your spouse on this trip, make absolutely sure you consider this one! If you don’t, it could spoil an otherwise great trip.
Other considerations are how long the trip will be and the type of fish you are looking to catch. A trip to a fishing lodge on a lake with pan fish and bass will likely be much cheaper than a trip to Alaska or Northern Canada for arctic char.
So, if you really want a great fishing trip, start by planning just exactly what you want out of the trip and how much you are willing to spend. Do it right and you can have the fishing trip of a lifetime.