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Plan Your Trip
1. How long will the trip be?            2. Which lake to fish?
3. Where can I...                        4. More specific lake info.
5. Even more Information                 6. Need a little more tackle?
7. Want to talk fishin'                  8. Get the News
                                         9. Check list for a fishing trip
Ready to go on a fishing trip but not real sure how to go about planning it?
Maybe you're an experienced fisherman, and just wanting a new lake to go to, or you're needing a 'things to do checklist' to help you plan a trip.

Maybe you just want to learn how to make your time spent at the AnglerNet Website more productive.

Below is a kind of 'walk-thru' of the site. This walk-thru is meant to help visitors navigate through the site more easily. However, feel free to just browse around if that's what you like. Whether you're going fishing for the day, or a month-long vacation, AnglerNet can help you pick a lake, find where to stay, what to take, and everything else you'll need for a successful fishing trip.


1. How long will the trip be?
Two weeks, a weekend, just for the day? Knowing how long you'll be going for, helps to decide where to go and what time to leave. (You don't want to spend all your daylight hours driving, if you only have one day to fish).

2. Which lake to fish?
For a quick check on where the fish are hitting, select the Fishing Reports icon from AnglerNet Home page. There is a scrolling banner at the bottom of this screen. The banner lists a few different species of fish and which lakes are producing the best. If there's a report that catches your attention, you can choose the lake from the dropdown boxes, to go directly to that lake's fishing report. If you're not sure where the lake is located, choose the Calif. State Map link listed under the Lakes catagory in the side menu. Once you're at the State Map screen, you can either click on a particular lake's image in the map, or select the lake from the dropdown box in the sidebar. Taking either of these two options will get you to that particular lake's screen, with maps and loads of information (including fishing reports) for that lake.
Most of the fishing reports are supplied by the guides. You can get a profile on each of them here. (This will help you determine a guide that will best suit your needs).

3. Where can I...
Now that you know where the fish are hitting and what lake you want to go to, you'll probably have questions like:

Where can I launch my boat?
Where can I stay?
Are there any docks?
How do I get there?

Choosing a lake from the dropdown box in the sidebar menu, takes you to a large detailed colored map for that lake. The icons on the map are all 'hotlinked' to information for that location. Campgrounds, resorts, r.v. parks, and launches are listed below the map also. Selecting one of these links will give you an online brochure for that resort or campground.

Once you've decided where to stay, you'll want to know how to get there. The Street Maps icon will link you to a screen that lists all the resorts, campgrounds, etc. for that lake. Choose the location you're interested in, then type all the information asked for in the form at the bottom of the screen. In the form window, you'll be given a detailed streetmap showing where that resort or campground is located! Make sure you print this map out, it'll come in handy if you're going to a lake you haven't been to before.

4. More specific lake info.
Choosing the back button on your browser brings you back to the lake's MAP page. Listed under the lake's name in the sidebar menu, you can get specifics such as:

  • Information on the different species of fish found at this lake.
  • Fishing reports for the lake.
  • A general description of the lake and surrounding areas.
  • Lake data including some of the rules and regulations for the lake.
  • Phone numbers and addresses for Information Centers.

Also, listed here are some of the resorts, marinas, campgrounds and boat launches we've already seen.

5. Even more Information.
From the sidebar menu listed under Information is information and phone numbers for:

  • Campground Reservations
  • State and Federal Park Passes
  • Phone Numbers and Addresses for Fish & Game Offices
  • A little background on some Freshwater Fish

6. Need a little more tackle or some supplies? Have more than what you can use or just want to clean out the garage?
At the AnglerNet Home page pick the General Store icon, or choose from the sidebar menu, to get to online catalogs for fishing and camping supplies. The Classified Ads section allows you to submit, modify, and even delete your own ads, or just browse through the ads to see if you can't find yourself a good deal.

7. Want to talk to real people about fishing?
Try the AnglerNet Message Board listed under Fish Tales in the menu bar. It's a great place to get first hand experience from people who have fished the lake you're interested in, or possibly even live nearby and fish the lake frequently. Ask 'how to' questions or maybe answer someone elses questions.

If you'd rather talk one to one, then you'll want to try out our Talk Fishin' real time chat forum also listed under Fish Tales. Just select a chat room and the options you'd like for your chat session, then go ahead and visit. One way to get the most out of both the Message Board and the Talk Fishin' Chat Forum, is to leave a message on the AnglerNet Message Board, telling a friend or another AnglerNet user, to meet with you at the Talk Fishin' Chat Forum at a specific time.

8. Get the News.
From the AnglerNet Home page select the News icon or select from the sidebar menu for a listing of:

  • Tournaments and Derbies.
  • Professional Tournaments.
  • An Events Calendar with flyers from different fishing organizations.
  • Product Reviews.
  • News of what's going on around here at AnglerNet.

9. Check list for a fishing trip:

Paperwork:

  • Fishing License
  • Drivers License
  • Boat Registration
  • Park Passes (if needed)
  • Maps and Directions
  • Reservations Confirmed
Equipment:
(If you're hiring a guide you may need nothing more than a lunch. Some guides allow you to bring a favorite rod and reel if you have one. Check with your guide for what you'll need).
  • Tackle
  • Bait (worms and live bait need to be kept cool and out of direct sunlight)
  • Rod / Reels with fresh monofilament (at least one backup rod)
  • Net
  • Stringer, ice box, or working livewell for fish
  • Camping gear (sleeping bags, tent, matches, lantern, flashlight, cook stove, drinking water, food etc.)
  • Firewood
Clothing and Accessories:
(Don't forget that just because its warm where you are, doesn't mean it'll be warm where you're going. Nights even in the summer months can get cool. Same goes the other way too. It can get extremely hot at the California valley lakes).
  • Extra Clothing (jackets, boots, gloves, hat, shorts, tee-shirts)
  • Raingear
  • Sunglasses (polorized)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bio-degradable Soap (to wash off human, gas, and other scents before handling bait / wash off fish smell before handling anything else)
Boat:
  • Gas and mix oil
  • Anchor
  • Mooring and anchor ropes
  • Life jackets
  • Paddle
  • Fully charged batteries
  • Accessories (depth finders, radios, spotlights)
  • Navigation lights (bow and stern)
  • Trailer tires and spare tire aired-up
  • Wheel bearings greased
  • Trailer lights working

Though AnglerNet will try to provide you with all the necessary details for planning your fishing trip, give yourself plenty of time to make the necessary arrangements. Reservations for Guides, Resorts, and Campgrounds need to be made sometimes months in advance. Try to have your equipment, supplies, bait & tackle, food and everything else, ready to go before you leave on your trip. Having to hunt this stuff down on the way can be a hassle. Being prepared makes for a better time and a more successful fishing trip.

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