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8 Ways to Avoid Bugs While Fishing in Ohio

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For anyone who spends time in the outdoors, bugs are an unavoidable part of the experience.

However, there are ways to combat those small insects that can be a big annoyance. Here are eight ways to avoid bugs while fishing in Ohio. Some of these methods may seem like common sense, but sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution.

View the slideshow to see the best ways to avoid bugs while fishing, and share any more ideas in the comments below.

Long Sleeves and Pants

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This is one of the easiest ways to avoid bugs while fishing, but is one that people often fail to do. The warm summer weather makes us all want to break out the shorts and t-shirts, but if avoiding itchy mosquito bites is more important to you, than throw on some jeans and a long sleeved shirt. If discomfort in the heat will bother you, there are plenty of options for lightweight and breathable apparel available.


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The ThermaCELL is a great product for creating a small yet effective bug-free zone. The 15’ by 15’ area of bug prevention created by the product is plenty of space for a few people to fish from and stay away from bug bites.

They even have a lantern version of the product which would be great for those nighttime trips to your favorite catfishing hole. The only downfall is that you must replace the inserts every so often to keep the product functioning at a high level.

Bug Spray

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Another no-brainer here, but still a tip that is worth mentioning. There are a wide-range of products available in the bug spray department, but you can never go wrong with Off! brand products. Try and avoid products with DEET as often as possible, but it does need to be considered when you will be in tick country. The negative effects of DEET are nowhere near as bad as the diseases that can be transmitted by ticks.

RELATED: How To Remove a Tick [VIDEO]

Avoid Scented Anything

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The male readers most likely won’t have much use for this tip, but for all the female outdoor enthusiasts out there, remember to save the scented soaps, shampoos, and lotions for other occasions. Although mosquitoes are attracted by the carbon dioxide emissions we all create, other insects can be attracted to scented products that a person may be wearing. Keep it low key for fishing trips and you will be happy that you did.

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Every single year in Cleveland from somewhere in mid-May to early-July, Lake Erie experiences a massive mayfly hatch. If dealing with clouds of flying insects are not your cup of tea, then it would be wise to avoid the big lake during that time of year. Try out some of Ohio’s smaller reservoirs or more inland bodies of water during the peak times of the hatch every year, which varies depending on weather and other factors, instead.

RELATED: Fishing Lake Erie: Where To Go and What Bait To Use

Natural Remedies

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Ask any angler and they are likely to have their own natural remedy for avoiding insects or keeping them at bay. Some of these are completely ineffective; while some can be useful.

One to try when you are going to be in tick habitat is to mix one part tea tree oil with two parts water. Put it into a spray bottle and spray it on your shoes, socks, and pant cuffs. Don’t forget to tuck those cuffs in your socks!

Another good remedy to try is best-used when you have a campfire going; perhaps while targeting catfish at night. Toss a bundle of fresh sage onto the fire and the scent will help keep mosquitoes at bay.

Avoid Likely Bug Habitats

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Although this is a great way to prevent getting bitten up while fishing, some of the best fishing spots are also some of the “buggiest” places as well. For many anglers, the chance at hooking into a big fish trumps the risk of getting some bug bites. However, for those who would prefer to not deal with bugs, try and avoid low, wet, grassy areas and other similar places in which bugs often congregate.

Light Colored Clothing

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This tip mostly applies for anglers venturing into tick country. The light colored clothing doesn’t do anything to keep the little bugs at bay, but it does make spotting a crawling tick on your clothes that much easier considering their black coloration.

Always make sure to check yourself completely after any time spent in likely tick habitat and immediately remove any you see. Get a buddy to check your back and do the same for them!

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