Part of a successful fishing trip with kids is knowing which fish to target. That’s especially true when taking kids on their first fishing trips. Exactly what to target depends on certain factors, including where you live. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources notes that using the right bait also can help kids catch a fish. The following are a handful of types of fish to target when taking youngsters fishing.
- Sunfish: Various types of fish, including bluegill, green sunfish and pumpkinseed, fall under the umbrella of “sunfish.” The Ohio DNR notes that these are great fish for anglers of all skill levels because of their frequency of bite and widespread range. When fishing for sunfish, use a single hook with a light line, baiting the hook with wax worms, earthworms, crickets, or wigglers. Fishing for sunfish such as bluegill may be especially wise for parents of youngsters new to fishing, as they can typically be caught throughout the day. That means moms and dads won’t have to wake their children up in the middle of the night or early morning hours to get ready for their fishing trips.
- Catfish: Various types of bait can be used to catch catfish, and that can make things more fun for youngsters on their first fishing trips. For example, using hot dogs as bait may amuse youngsters who are happy to learn that catfish might enjoy hot dogs as much as they do. The Ohio DNR notes that catfish vary in types and sizes and can be found in reservoirs and rivers.
- Trout: Many places, including Ohio, stock ponds with trout. In such places, fishermen may not pay anything unless they catch something. As a result, trout in such ponds tend to be hungry, which can make it easier for children to catch them. Various types of bait, including worms, can be used to catch trout, which also can be found in rivers and lakes.