Piers offer great structure for both fresh and saltwater species. They attract smaller creatures looking for shelter and protection. Larger fish swim nearby looking for a quick meal.
These platforms give access to deeper waters and underwater features that cannot be reached by casting from the shore. Fishing from a pier provides accessibility for people with limited mobility and is more comfortable and safe than wading.
Catfish is one species that can be caught from a pier
When the croaker are bitting, almost everyone on the pier is in a good mood. But, when the fish develop lockjaw, some anglers can be in a foul mood. With a little common courtesy, it is possible to promote a friendly atmosphere no matter how cooperative the fish are, here are a few tips:
Making memories on the pier
- Fish with no more than two poles. The more lines you have in the water, the less room others have to try their luck.
- Avoid casting across someone else's line. If possible, move to another place on the pier. If not, stay put until you are able to do so.
- Rather than casting where your neighbor just reeled in a fish, ask what bait or lure he or she is using.
- Use a bait board to cut your bait. Keep a piece of wood in your tackle box in case there isn't a designated bait board on the pier.
- Keep only as many fish as you wish to clean. Obey all rules concerning species seasons, size, and creel limits.
Smile even when nothing is biting
The Channel Catfish can be found there as well. A saltwater fishing license is not required on the pier. The parking fee at Croaker Landing is $6.
Not quite the big one
Largemouth Bass have been bitting all year long at Woodstock Pond. We will hold Kids Fishing Fanatic Tournaments from May until September. A freshwater fishing license is required for ages 16 to 65. Parking at the main section of the park is $2 on weekdays and $3 on weekends.
You don't need a boat to get "Bubba"
Directions to York River State Park: From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance.Take a left turn into the park.
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