Opening the big world of small waters fishing!

We live in a shrinking planet, and more and more pieces of our world are getting smaller every day. The mere fact that we connect here at an intersection in a virtual village, a mere dot on the map of the worldwide web, is proof of that.

My fishing waters are getting smaller all the time, too. No, I haven’t forsaken the waters of the Great Lakes, sprawling reservoirs like Lake Guntersville, the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers, or natural lakes from Mille Lacs to Toho. In fact, I will chronicle my adventures in these destinations regularly in the Traveling Angler sections of Small Waters Fishing.But small waters feel like home wherever I travel, wherever I settle. They are intimate escapes where fishing becomes that almost mystical merger with Nature, and life’s pressures simply melt away.

Okay, there’s another reason I love small waters. They are loaded with fish! Lots of fish! Big fish! And while bass are most often my quarry, I love to target other species as well, from sunfish to catfish. And if there happens to be a trout, pike, walleye  or musky at home, all the better!

Small waters, you see,are hidden gems scattered across the country. They sparkle like diamonds when we pass over them during air travel, flashing their brilliance and beckoning to us from seven miles above.

But when it’s time for fishing, somehow we forget about them.

The irony is that most of us felt the first thrill of fishing on the bank of a small fishing hole. There, filled with anticipation, we waited for a twitch of the line or the bob of a float. Then we thrilled to the bend of the rod and the frantic fight of that first bluegill or crappie or bullhead. Somehow that monofilament fishing line functioned like electric cable, transmitting that fish’s energy to us, charging us with life and wonderment, touching some primordial chord within us, quite possibly, changing us forever.

But then we left that pond alone, perhaps forsaking countless small waters as our boats grew and our tackle boxes expanded.

How sad!

And how foolish!

Small waters offer splendid opportunities for relaxation and escape, places to squeeze in extra fishing time, splendid opportunities to hone our angling skills and, yes, splendid opportunities to catch BIG fish — and plenty of them — as well.

They are easy to learn and ideal places to introduce children and other newcomers to fishing so they, too, can play out that rewarding ritual that first revealed to us the magic of angling.

Best of all, they are places where we can make intimate connection with nature and reconnect with our souls.

Welcome to  Small Waters Fishing!

Mike Pehanich

Small Waters Fishing

Top professional anglers and acknowledged experts explain how to fish and manage lakes, ponds, impoundments, mining pits and streams and also educate anglers on techniques, tackle, new products, watercraft and unique angling destinations in a unique multi-media format created by outdoor journalist Mike Pehanich.

Small Waters Outdoors

Small Waters Outdoors, headed by  Mike Pehanich, is a multi-media creative enterprise dedicated to outdoor information, education and marketing.