5 Tips for Bank Fishing

Bank fishing is one of the most popular ways to fish. Not having a boat doesn’t need to stop you from getting out and enjoying the fishing season. Bank fishing is defined as fishing from where the land meets the water. Rock fishing is the same as bank fishing, except you are on an outcropping of rocks rather than the riverbank.


There are, however, some considerations to be made when you head out on your bank fishing trip.

Keep your shadow off the water:

Fish are naturally aware of the shadows of the birds that prey on them. If your shadow goes out over the water they are going to scatter, making it harder to fish them. Staying close to a tree or other naturally occurring shadow will enable you to cast without spooking the fish.

Watch where you are casting:

In most ponds and lakes most fish tend to stay close to the shore or to the first major drop off. You aren’t likely to catch anything out in the middle of the lake. While it may seem like casting out to the middle of the pond or lake is a good idea, you will catch more fish if you keep your cast parallel to the bank.

Don’t stay in one spot:

When you are bank fishing you are going to want to be able to have the freedom to move to another spot. If you bring multiple rods and reels and tackle boxes that will be hard to do.  Pack light and don’t restrict yourself to one place. You never know what you might find up around the river bend. It could be your dream fishing spot.

Watch the water:

Observing the water before you start fishing can give you a good sign to what the fish are doing. If you notice multiple fish jumping in the water, or a bunch of bait-fish you might get some good clues as to whether you have found a good place to start or if you should keep looking.

Be aware of the season and time of day:

Fish are more likely to bite at certain times of day depending on the season. The time of day and year is important when it comes to fishing because fish are cold-blooded. They aren’t able to regulate their body temperatures, so the temperature of their surroundings directly influences them. In too cold or too warm water fish tend to be sluggish and bite less.

  • Spring – Fish are most likely to bite in the afternoon and early evening. This is when the water is warmest from the sun. Fish have highest metabolisms in the spring.
  • Summer – Fish are most likely to bite in the early morning and early evening. There is an abundance of food available to the fish, so finding a hungry fish can be a challenge.
  • Fall – Like the spring, fish are most likely to bite in the afternoon and early evening when the sun heats up the water. Since fish gain weight to get through the winter, it is a great time to get fish to bite.

Bank fishing is a popular way for families to introduce their children to fish. This is likely the way most people get their first experience fishing. Not owning a boat doesn’t need to prevent you from catching great fish as long as you make some modifications for your fishing environment.