6 ways to catch more fish*
1) Find a spot
Look on google earth to find a spot that is open for use, in rivers I look for sharp turns and rock or log formations that provide shelter for fish in a flowing river. In a lake I try to find depth changes from a deep spot to shallow spot, any rock piles or any underwater shelter for fish to hide in. On rivers you will want to call Fish and Game to make sure fishing in that area is open and legal.
2) Wait for the right time
Timing is everything when it comes to fishing, in a river you want to fish them when the water is clear and the fish species is spawning for best results. In a lake you will want to fish it during the cooler months of the year when the fish will be most active and aggressive. Generally lake fishing here is better in the spring, after winter the fish will be hungry and active making for exciting fishing.
3) Fish with the right lures
Fish will go after different lures during different times of the year, in rivers I typically will throw a spinner that is bright so fish can see it from a long ways out. In lakes, depending on the species, Ill typically throw a rubber worm on a hook or a Senko to show a lifelike animal. In the springtime while fishing in lakes I like to use a rubber worm and put it barely on the hook so that you can cast in the weeds without getting hung up.
4) Make the cast
You will be much more successful if you can present the lure in front of the fish so they have the biggest chance of biting it. Fish tend to hangout in the nooks and crannies of the water, like in a log pile, so you will want to be accurate enough to consistently cast near and around objects. I use a spinning reel the most of the time to cover lots of water and is a real that is easy to operate.
5) Feel the lure in the water
While reeling in the lure you'll feel lots of things but a fish bite will be one like no other. It will feel as if something is rapidly hitting your line and pulling, once you feel this you want to set the hook by pulling the fishing pole straight up. A fish bite will be different than getting hung up on a log because a fish will fight while a log will just feel like a dead weight at the end of your line.
6) Reel the fish in
After you hook your fish you don't want to just reel it in, feel the fish out and slowly bring it in. Try to avoid any underwater structures so your line doesnt get tangled up and break. It's always better to take your time and tire out the fish then rush it and risk losing the fish. I hope these tips allow you to get more fish and enjoy the outdoors.