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How to Avoid Mosquitoes While Fishing

A father, son, and grandfather fishing in a calm lake

Anything involving the outdoors and a body of water will just about always include bugs. While mosquitoes are expected in those settings, protection against being nibbled is important and achievable.

Choosing the Right Time and Location to Avoid Mosquitoes 

Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. If possible, plan your fishing trips during the middle of the day when these pests have relatively lower activity levels. You should also choose fishing spots away from stagnant water. It’s best to avoid swamps, marshes, or still ponds as these are all breeding grounds for mosquitoes. That includes removing any standing water near your fishing area that may serve as breeding sites. Consider emptying containers and overturning buckets (that you aren’t using, of course). By reducing nearby breeding grounds, you can minimize mosquito populations.

If you’re lucky enough to be fishing in your own personal pond, there are several ways to rid your pond of mosquitoes. Here are some tips:

  • Keep the water moving
  • Curb the algae
  • Add a few critters
  • Treat your water with a wildlife-friendly insecticide
  • Trim surrounding vegetation
  • Welcome wildlife
  • Tackle mosquito populations around your property

Read More: How to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Pond 

Wear Appropriate Clothing

It’s important to cover your skin when fishing in mosquito-prone areas. Wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks. You should opt for lightweight and breathable fabrics that are less likely to make you feel hot. And since mosquitoes are generally attracted to dark colors, always go for the light-colored option. If your child is fishing with you, dress him or her in similar clothing that covers their arms and legs.

Repelling Mosquitoes

If you are unable to completely avoid mosquitoes (which is often the case), it helps to know the best ways to repel them and minimize the opportunities to be bitten.

Use Insect Repellent

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients below: 

  • DEET
  • Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the US)
  • IR3535
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
  • Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone

For children under three years old, do not apply products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD). You should also choose products in the form of sticks, lotions, or unpressurized sprays.

Of course, you should always follow the product label instructions and remember: if you are also using sunscreen, apply that first and bug repellent after.

Mosquito Repelling Devices 

Depending on your fishing setup and location, you might want to try using mosquito-repelling devices such as mosquito coils, citronella candles, or portable mosquito traps. These can help create a mosquito-free zone in your immediate vicinity.

Avoid Scented Products 

This might go without saying, but a reminder to avoid strong scents while fishing. Mosquitoes are attracted to perfumes, scented lotions, and heavily scented soaps. Forgoing these products before and/or during your next fishing trip will help make you less desirable to these blood-sucking pests.

Getting More Mosquito Bites Than Fish Bites? Let Us Help!

Even with all the preventative measures, it is still possible to encounter mosquitoes while fishing. It is best to always make sure you’re being watchful and keep an eye out for their presence. When you need help cutting back on the backyard bites, contact your local Mosquito Squad