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Preparing for Your Winter Fishing Trip

By October 13, 2013

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We finally got out and enjoyed our first camping trip of the fall this past weekend.

My daughter and I headed out to our local lake, to get in some evening and early morning bass fishing.

Unfortunately, the temperatures were in the 30s at night, and we were stuck tent camping rather than RV camping because I failed to weatherproof the RV.

When backing out of the driveway, I noticed the brakes were not working properly. I tried replacing the brake fluid, but it turned out to be a problem with the rear air brakes, which is a much bigger deal and wasn't something I could fix before our trip. So we opted to tent camp instead.

That got me thinking, I've written about some winter fly fishing tips and offseason scouting opportunities, but how about some good tips for preparing your vehicle for your winter fishing trip? Well, here you go:

  • Keep your wheels and brakes covered from the elements when storing your vehicle
  • Replace your windshield wipers
  • Top off all necessary fluids, including oil, brake fluid, water reservoirs, anti-freeze and gas.
  • Drain water reservoirs when parking vehicle for an extended period of times.
  • Check your tires and make sure you have solid winter tires. If you're heading to the mountains, make sure you have chains and good snow tires.
  • Bring a solid generator and battery charger in case you get stranded. It's a good idea to run/excercise your engine and generators every couple weeks to prevent problems in the winter.
  • Disconnect all batteries while vehicle is in storage, and check all batteries prior to each trip.
  • Turn off propane tanks when storing for an extended period of time, and double check levels prior to trips.
  • Fill your fuel tank prior to storage and use a fuel stabilizer, running the engine every month, at the very least, to make sure you don't ruin key engine parts or fuel injectors.

If you follow those tips, you'll be in good shape for your next winter fishing trip.

As for our trip, despite the temperatures, my daughter caught a couple of nice sunfish, which made our trip a success.

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