Tips on Fishing Gill Nets

Fishing gill nets are effective in catching a large number of fish. The gill net works well in shallow water, still water, flowing water and deep water. These nets can be hand held, tied down or placed on floats.

Shallow Water

Bring a friend if you're using a gill net in shallow water. Shallow water allows for the gill net to be drug across the stream bed, and both ends of the gill net must be extended. The bottom of the net should drag across the bottom of the stream bed. Walk forward and allow the gill net to bow. Walk across the stream and take the gill net out of the water. Remove whatever fish were caught. Gill net tip No. 2 is be careful not to snag the net on the bottom of the stream bed.

Still Water

If you're in still water, do not use a bottom line in the gill net. Secure the flag net across the curved lake bank and attach both top line ends to tree branches, making sure the branches can flex. This allows for a free movement of the gill net to correspond with fish movement. Drop the gill net into the water. Ensure that the net either just brushes the bottom of the lake bed or rises above the bed no more than 12 inches.

Flowing Water

In flowing water, the gill nets need tie downs, you need a top and bottom line and weights need to be on the bottom line. Find an area where the ends of the top line can be secured to trees on the river or stream bank. The top line should just brush the surface of the water when the net is dropped. The entire net needs to be in the water. Re-tie the top line to drop the net farther in the water. Never use tie-down gill nets in rushing water.

Deep Water

You need a flag net when gill netting in deep water. The flag net allows placement of the gill net just above the bottom bed where the fish congregate. The proper depth is achieved by tying a float onto the rope to make sure the gill net is placed in the proper position.

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