In this fishing report we describe 14 tips for successful asp fishing.
We’ll discuss the best rigs, the most common lures, the best times of year and where you should fish for asp (canal, river or lake)
But first we’ll give you some more information so that you can get a better idea of the asp. So you know what you are getting into and what you can expect.
Because only if you know your “opponent” exactly, it will be easier for you to adjust to him and his habits. This will inevitably increase your catch success rate.
Asp or Schied (Leuciscus aspius, Syn.: Aspius aspius)
Asp is a species of fish from the carp family. They grow up to 120 cm in length (mostly rather around 80 cm – the maximum size is 120 cm) and live predominantly in many rivers in Europe.
This includes for example the Rhine, the Danube and also the Volga. Here is a picture of a typical fishing spot for asp fishing:
In addition, this is a predatory fish that is mainly at the surface. But especially in its youth it lives like a peaceful fish. Beside the chub it is one of the only carp-like fishes that live predatory.
It likes to stay in fast flowing waters with strong currents.
The spawning season in Central Europe is between April and June. Similarly to the bream in bream fishing, male asps also get a spawning rash.
According to the red list, asp is now considered “near threatened” and is therefore one of the endangered species.
It stands out above all because of its toothless upper mouth. Since they have many bones, they are not so often used as food fish.
Nevertheless, it is a popular angler fish with many anglers. In the following we would like to show you some tips on how you can fish even more successfully with asp.
1st tip: The right asp rod
First of all, we want to look at the right equipment. And what could be more obvious here than to start fishing with the right rod for asp.
We personally think that an asp rod should be strong enough to cushion the escape-like movements, but light enough to still guarantee a high fun factor during the drill.
Rods for top water fishing
Because asp can explode when biting. Especially when fishing for top water (with stickbaits) you can’t get enough of fishing. And if you fish with hardbaits, you will notice how strong the asps can really be when you bite into them.
A relatively hard but stiff rod is recommended. Baitcast rods and spinning rods (up to 2.10 m) and a casting weight up to approx. 35 g (depending on the current) are often ideal.
Don’t choose them too long, otherwise it can quickly get on your wrist. It should also not be too long at the rear end. Otherwise it can quickly become unhandy and reduce the fishing pleasure. Especially when twitching this can be very annoying.
So choose a rod that is too light rather than too heavy.
Rods for fishing with lead spinners and crankbaits
Rods between 2.50 m and 2.80 m long are also recommended. Especially if you plan to fish from shore and want to fish with crankbaits and lead spinners.
This should not be too hard to cushion the asp. The casting weight should be between 15 and 50 g.
Rods for fishing for asp in industrial rivers
If you want to fish in industrial rivers, however, you need a long rod to reach the other side of the bank over long distances.
Especially if you are sure that that’s where the asps are just robbing you of that moment. Rods for sea trout fishing are also suitable for this.
Asp rods in comparison
The following table compares different asp rods. If you view this page with a smartphone, consider this one crosswise for a better presentation of the table:
For example, the Shimano Yasei Red Aspius display has proven to be very good for us. We have already been able to land a few major asps with it because it is very productive.
Especially beginners and novices will love it because it is also not that expensive.
The nice thing about it is that you notice immediately when an asp has bitten. When bitten, she is very sensitive and shows every little pluck.
The asp rod also has a great rod action and a strong backbone. We can also recommend it for pike fishing, zander fishing for zander and perch fishing.
2nd tip: The right reel for asp fishing
The reel for asp fishing should not be too heavy and should form a unit with the asp rod. It should also be able to hold as much line as possible.
We therefore recommend 3000 or 4000 models with a high line capacity. In addition, a gear ratio of 4.7:1 or higher should be selected. This allows you to reel in the lure very quickly. Also the bow on the reel should be as wide as possible.
Otherwise you run the risk of tired cranking as you usually pull in and cast the lure all the time. We like to fish for asp with a medium stationary reel. With this you can usually cast a long distance.
In the following table we present 4 models that are suitable for this:
Which reel can we recommend?
In the past the AnzeigeDaiwa Ninja A 3000A has proved to be a solid reel for asp fishing. It has a good run and is not so heavy and there is almost no play in the crank. It also makes a good impression during casting.
The barrel is very good. There is almost no play in the crank or the rotor and yet you cannot hear any grinding noise.
Furthermore the Daiwa Ninja A 3000A fits in the category of the above mentioned asp rod Shimano Yasei Red Aspius. Together they form an unbeatable team which we have already successfully tested on the Rhine.
If you do not want to spend so much money and still want to be successful in asp fishing, you will not be able to avoid this model.
But of course other rods and reels with similar characteristics are also suitable. By the way: The asp bite usually comes very suddenly and unexpectedly and then you pull off a lot of line over a few meters.
If you set the brake too soft, you may lose the lure. And, if the brake is set too hard, it can lead to line breakage.
A good middle course is often the best solution here.
3rd tip: The right fishing line
As main line we use a braided fishing line (here you can find the big comparison) with a diameter of 0.10 and 0.16 millimetres.
This diameter has proven to be very good for us. As leader we use a display fluorocarbon in the thickness 0.22 to 0.35 millimetres. The great thing about the Fluorocarbon is that the predator cannot see it, because of the thickness and the colour. In principle it is invisible and the asp does not get suspicious so quickly.
Here you should use about 1 m of the Fluorocarbon.
This way the lure will not notice any danger for the time being and will not be warned by the line until the lure passes it.
A wide range of braided fishing lines can be found here.
But even a monofilament fishing line with a diameter of 0.22 mm is sufficient. In the end, everyone has to decide for himself what is best for him.
The best montage for asp fishing
In the following we would like to present three montages that are suitable for asp fishing. These are:
- Mini-wobbler assembly
- Indicator assembly
- Popper assembly
We will go into all of them in detail, show you what you need and how to assemble each assembly.
More mounts also in our book “the best fishing mounts”.
You will also find instructions below for the most important fishing knots you need for the various assemblies. Even for this there is a book from us. It is called “the best fishing knots”.
Here you will find a lot of knots for the daily “everyday fishing”.
Mini-wobbler assembly for fishing
With the mini-wobbler assembly you can go fishing with different lures.
These include mini wobblers and indicators. The bait should not be so big to be able to offer it to the asp as “bite-sized” as possible.
A simple assembly with a main line and a simple fluorocarbon leader is sufficient.
In the following everything you need for the assembly:
- braided main line (0.10 to 0.16 mm e.g. the Anzeige8-fold braided premium line from Stork)
- Fluorocarbon (0.22 to 0.35 mm)
And this is how the complete assembly is built up:
To connect the two lines (main line and leader) you should use a simple albright knot.
The following illustration shows you how to make this knot:
Be careful not to make the assembly too fast. Because this assembly is also successful at slow speed on asp.
Indicator assembly for asp
The following assembly has proved to be very good, especially in spring. It is a simple turn signal assembly which is constructed in the same way as you have seen it before for the summer.
The indicator is attached to the fluorocarbon with a simple carabiner.
The following tools are required:
- braided main line (14- to 16-plait – e.g. the indicator 8-plait premium line from Stork)
- Fluorocarbon 0,26 in 70 cm (e.g.
- single carabiner
- turn signal (9 to 21 g – e.g. the Sakura turn signal)
And this is how the complete turn signal assembly is built up:
We connect the main line and the fluorocarbon leader with a simple Albright knot (we explain the binding above).
The fluorocarbon leader and the carabiner are connected with the improved clamp knot. In the following we will show you how to tie it best:
Afterwards your assembly should not tear in the particularly “dangerous” places.
Popper assembly for asp fishing
The next assembly is a Popper assembly. You will need the following tools for this assembly:
- Popper (for example the Salmo Fury Pop Surface)
- braided main line (14 or 16 for example
- Leader: 80 cm (0.24 fluorocarbon, e.g. the AnzeigeShimano Aspire)
Here you also connect the main line and the leader line with an Albright knot. This knot holds bombproof.
And this is how the assembly is set up.
Make sure that you lead this Popper assembly jerkily and close to the surface. This will cause small mini-waves on the water surface. This also creates the typical “popping sound”.
The small water waves are very well perceived by the asp over the side line. This makes the Popper ideal not only for asp fishing but also for pike fishing.
If you don’t get any success with this assembly, you should definitely increase the speed. This not only attracts asp, but sometimes also perch.
It is advisable to take a few breaks in between. Because the asps usually attack the bait during the resting phase.
It is important to be particularly attentive here. But as soon as you feel a strong jerk on your asp rod, you should immediately set the stop.
Sometimes it happens that the robber does not bite properly and the fish is hooked. Now you should catch the popper a little faster.
Because this way you imitate a fleeing fish that “animates” the asp even more.
4th tip: The right choice of fishing spot – where should you fish asp?
Of course the fishing spot should also be prepared a bit. In principle, you can fish for asp successfully on the river, canal and fishing lake.
No matter which water and which fishing spot you choose, the important thing is to pay attention to what’s happening on the surface. If you have a bit of intuition and are sensitive to such stretches of water, you have a good chance of catching asp.
Because it is not at all unlikely that you can already detect them with the naked eye. So keep your eyes open and pay attention to the decisive signals. With a little practice, you can often see the silver-coloured back very well.
Sometimes you can even see their dorsal fin coming out of the water surface.
With a bit of luck other asps may also be present at this point. The prerequisite is, of course, that you place the right asp bait in the right place.
Asp fishing in a river
On rivers with strong currents you have the best chances if you interpret the signals correctly.
When fishing in a river you should pay particular attention to where flocks of birds circle over the water. It is often the case that asps are found here and smaller fish “hunt”. This is because many birds benefit from the asp’s hunt for small fish and thus draw attention to the silver-coloured fish.
As mentioned at the beginning, asps are found in rivers, especially in the summer months, in currents and oxygen-rich sections of rivers, as here:
But they are also frequently found at weirs, tributaries, sluices, inlets of cooling water systems and current edges.
In addition, asp are predatory fish that like to stay on the surface – especially in midsummer the surface is a preferred area for asp.
For this purpose the water temperature should be about 20 degrees.
It’s important that you catch the lure quickly when river fishing. The faster the better. Because asps react best to lures that pass by quickly. Now you have the best chance of catching an asp.
In the colder months (such as September, October and November in autumn) the asp tend to avoid the currents. Here they then retreat into river sections with fewer currents.
They can also be found in the deep sections of the river. Here it is now important to catch the lure much more slowly, as the asp also become somewhat slower.
When autumn comes, the cycle of the asps slows down. Here you should try it out with rubber fish, plugs, spinners and spoons.
It’s important that you have a wider range of baits available. Sometimes some lures don’t work that are very catchy on certain days.
Because asp or Schiede are very adaptive and often avoid baits they have had bad experiences with.
Asp fishing in the canal
Besides the “normal” river, you can also fish asp in the canal very successfully.
For example in the Danube canal. The Danube Canal is a very monotonous but strong water with a fast current.
Just like in the river, in the Schiede canal, too, there are often a lot of fish – despite a strong current.
The following locations are ideal in the canal:
- Current shadows
- Back currents
- Underwater obstacles
- just below the surface
Often you can even see the asps so close to the surface that the dorsal fin protrudes from the canal water. Here you just have to present your bait and the chances of success are very high.
Especially around noon the chances of success in the canal are very high.
But also at night artificial light sources (such as lanterns or the month) are very attractive for the asp.
Make sure that you also fish in the channel where it is not so windy. Because very strong wind can also make a lot of noise on the water surface. But asp love the sound of the bait penetrating the water surface. This noise is almost completely destroyed by the wind.
Therefore, windless days are preferable. You have good chances in the channel with spinners and blinkers.
Asp fishing in a lake
Even in calm waters (such as a lake, a reservoir or in front of weirs), you can successfully fish asp.
On lakes, plugs work very well (e.g. the display twichtbait squirrel 76 SP from Illex).
But also poppers (a special form of plugs) are very catchy in lakes.
Here we recommend the AnzeigeSalmo Fury Pop Surface. It has a length of 7 cm and a weight of 12.5 g. There are also additional rattles built into the interior, which have even more appeal to the Schied.
Watch out if the stiles are single or in flocks.
If they are single in the lake, you should guide your lure a little slower. If the asps are together in a swarm, however, it is advisable to use fast bait.
If you are fishing for asp in winter, it is also advisable to use slow bait (even during the day).
5th tip: The best asp baits for asp fishing
In the following we would like to present some of our best asp baits.
The bait does not even have to be very small. A “normal” size is usually sufficient and even advisable.
In principle, the bigger the bait, the bigger the expected fish will be.
Asps are also very choosy fish. Therefore, you should vary the size of the bait a little depending on the season.
For example, use smaller baits in spring and slightly larger ones in summer.
We have had very good experience fishing for asp with rubber bait. These have proved to be very useful if you plan to fish from the shore.
They are very popular with asp and also fly far enough. At this point we can recommend the DisplayGummifisch Set from Angel Berger. This can already be purchased relatively cheap.
Both the fishing hooks are sufficiently sharp and the lures have also a very good quality with the nevertheless quite favorable price.
We recommend to use wobblers from the boat as well as from the shore. These do not have to fly so far and can be launched directly into the water from the boat.
For example, we have had good experience with this display wobbler set.
But if you want to be on the safe side, you should get the AnzeigeLucky Craft Japan Slender Pointer 112MR in size 11,2 cm.
It floats in water and has a very special effect on asps with regard to the colour (Musky). Because of the floating function it does not have to be guided permanently. The impacts usually come anyway when you catch up with it again.
It reaches a diving depth of approx. 1.2 to 1.5 m and it is a twitchbait equipped with triplets.
The reason it is so catchy is because it looks very natural on the asp. In addition, the Slender Pointer also provides for by-catches that should not be underestimated.
The Slender Pointer should be guided as quickly as possible. The asps react most strongly to this.
Asp fishing with a spinner & spoon
Spinners also work very well when targeting fish.
Here we can recommend the Spro ASP Speed Spin. It weighs just 16 g and has a hook size of 8, which makes it perfect for asp and spinner fishing.
This is a relatively small metal lure. Since it is not too light at 16 g, it can be cast relatively far.
Especially if you know where the asp shoals are, you can use the speed spinner to “head for” them when spinning.
The “special” thing about it is that it “flutters” when you reel it in and thus creates small pressure waves. As these can be perceived by the asp via the side lines, asps react to them suddenly and quickly.
This fishing lure is also suitable for perch and trout fishing.
But also spoons are suitable for fishing for asp. Blinkers have the good characteristic that they run very aggressively when you lead them fast.
That’s why a fast lead is essential. They can also be used to cover very long distances.
They are also generally not that expensive as baits. Therefore, we can definitely recommend classic indicators for asp.
Asp fishing with bait fish
To rap fishing with bait fish, you should be guided by the fish in the water.
A fish that likes to be eaten by asp is the bleak. The more often the fish is found in the water, the better. But also roaches work on asp if you offer them on the bottom.
The bait fish should also be guided as quickly as possible.
In order to prevent the fish from “surfacing” so quickly it is advisable to get “the air” out of the fish. You can do this for example by piercing the bait fish with a needle. If you try it several times, there is a good chance that you will find a corresponding air bubble.
Bait fish can be combined very well with a spinner blade or a sbirolino assembly. Transparent sbirolinos are particularly suitable here.
A spinner can also be mounted in front of the lure. This also increases the attraction on the asp if the spinner is attached about 50 cm in front of the bait fish.
For additional buoyancy, a float is used to bring the spinner to the surface from time to time. Here it is important to find a good balance between the natural buoyancy of the Köfi and the buoyancy body.
Alternatively, a water ball is also suitable. You should also offer the Köfi as close to the surface as possible.
Asp fishing with poppers
Poppers are special wobblers that have a particularly large “snout” and a tapered body. They make a particularly noticeable splashing sound on the surface, which at first sight discourages many anglers. However, this is usually completely unnecessary.
Because poppers have the excellent property that a bite can be taken suddenly and unexpectedly with full force. And the nice thing is that you can follow this closely on the surface.
Poppers can be used not only for asp fishing but also for pike and perch fishing. But chubs also bite on this lure.
However, poppers are no guarantee for an immediate catch when fishing for asp. On the other hand, you should be a bit more patient with this “different” fishing lure.
You can find an illustrated popper assembly instruction above.
What should you pay attention to with the Popper?
First and foremost, you should choose the right colour for a popper on asp. These should be chosen and distinguished according to the time of day. For us the following colours have proved to be the best at the following times of day:
- Red and yellow on cloudy days
- White and silver on light / friendly days
By the way: If the weather is rough and the waves are a bit bigger, you should choose a slightly bigger popper. Thereby the bite probability is also higher.
Choose preferably shallow waters. Because asp rarely hunt in deep waters at the surface. It is ideal if there is also plant growth on the surface.
Then the probability of encountering asp is even higher.
How is the bait guided and used?
The important thing is that the popper remains still on the water for a few seconds after it has been cast.
Then the popper is pulled towards you (i.e. towards the shore). Thereby the poppers are perceived by the asps via the arising pressure waves and the picking up of these via the side line.
The popper is pulled relatively fast through the water. So fast that it triggers smaller waves on the water surface. Especially with smooth lakes, you can see this very well at moderate speed.
As soon as you see a fish in the vicinity, you should encourage it to swallow the lure by gently “plucking” it. Usually you then strike during the breaks.
An alternative is to move the lure in a hurry (without pauses) across the surface.
The lure should be set mainly until you have the feeling that the asp is on the rod. Now the full potential of the Popper has unfolded.
Video on asp baits
Here is also a video with additional tips on asp baits. The video is just 10 minutes and 26 seconds:
6th tip: Set the stop at the right time
One of the biggest mistakes many beginners make when fishing for asp is to set the stop too early.
In principle, this will pull the bait out of the mouth of the asp when it is not yet closed. This results in a false bite. Therefore you should keep calm when you feel that a bite has come.
Especially beginners are recommended to observe the fishing line and the rod first.
Also you should not fix the bait too much. This means: Don’t keep the fishing line under constant tension. Because of this some time passes until you notice the bite.
You also set the bite more efficiently.
With this little trick you can drastically reduce the number of false bites when asping. Also try to be a bit more relaxed. Often the bites then come all by themselves.
7th tip: Simulate natural behaviour with the asp bait
When the bait is then ejected, you should lay out the asp bait in the opposite direction of the current.
If possible diagonally from the bank against the current. The following picture should illustrate the placement in more detail.
The X represents the place shore and the point shows you where to place the lure. In the picture the water flows towards you.
Because asps usually have the peculiarity that they are against the current.
They expect the lure to meet them naturally. However, if the lure shoots past them, it looks very unbelievable.
In the way we describe your rubber fish or plugs can drift a few meters before they are picked up by the asp.
This is one of the most promising ways to get your lure in (the right) position.
8th tip: Keep pulling
The asps do not always bite. But the chance is quite high if they splash on the surface and wait there for their prey.
In such moments it is almost impossible not to get a bite. It becomes more difficult, however, when the asps take a long break in groups, especially in a shallow and quiet place.
If you have discovered such a place where the asps are standing to take a break, try placing the bait once or twice at most.
If they don’t bite then just find another spot. Because it can happen that they become more careful the more often they see an unnatural potential bait.
Especially if they have had bad experiences with this lure in the past.
Here it helps to change places and try your luck elsewhere. You should keep doing this until you have found a good spot.
9th tip: The best places
Now we come to the best places where you can meet asp. One is, for example, in front of and behind pillars of bridges.
Be careful not to get too close to the pillars. The following picture illustrates the most optimal places with a big red X:
Here they lurk for potential prey passing by. So if you put your lure in position here, your chances are particularly high.
Another good spot is directly at rapids, eddies and currents.
Asps love these oxygen-flooded spots. Especially on the Rhine, they are very common and that is why there are many asps here.
These are caused by shallows and uneven ground. On the following picture you can see a typical current on the Rhine which is ideal for target fishing:
Besides the rapids on the Rhine, classic groynes are also suitable for successful asp fishing.
Make sure that you hit the spots where the current is strongest and oxygen-rich.
The markings with a red X show you the best places:
Choose your fishing spot carefully. The more you observe it beforehand and pay attention to the typical signs, the higher is your chance of success.
10th tip: The right time – when is the best time to go asp fishing
Many anglers don’t know whether they should go fishing during the day or at night. But especially with asp this makes a big difference. Because the time of day is usually the deciding factor and is decisive for success or failure.
Just like most people, asp has its feeding times. Therefore, we would like to deal with both times of day and time of day in detail below.
Let me get this straight: Asps prefer to eat in the morning and evening at sunrise and sunset. Here you have the best chances to catch some capital specimens.
But even in the middle of the night there can be sudden and unexpected splashes on the fishing lake. These are usually asps that are on a raid.
At night they are mainly in illuminated places. These include, for example, lanterns at the harbour or industrial plants.
Your chances increase dramatically during a full moon. You should not use a headlamp to avoid confusing the asps unnecessarily. Because often you can see, especially when the moon is shining often better than you think.
Because the eyes usually adapt quickly to the initially black light.
Of course many people ask themselves where exactly they should fish for the target fish. Since many small fish retreat near the shore at night, asp can also be found here. Especially where stone packs or larger rock formations offer protection, the predator can be found. But asp can also be found at roots and other “hiding places”. Here they chase after the small fish.
The bait should not be too big. Smaller to medium baits are completely sufficient.
At night it is also advisable not to exaggerate the speed of the lure. A moderate pulling in is often sufficient.
Fishing during the day
Of course there is also a chance of meeting hungry asp during the day. But the chances are usually not as high as in the morning, at dusk or late in the evening.
However, if it is really warm (30 degrees and warmer), then many asps will also become frisky during the day and start to hunt.
Just when the other fish don’t feel like moving and the sun shines on the river with all its might.
Otherwise they are usually found much deeper during the day than at night. Especially in rivers like the Rhine you can find them in deeper places.
In general you should have more patience during the day and try different lures.
11th tip: Heat the asps
When the asp bait is in the water, don’t move it too slowly. Asps don’t want to miss the chance and therefore sometimes snap up quickly and unexpectedly.
Otherwise the prey could be gone from the asp’s point of view. So guide it on the surface a bit faster to motivate it to snap it up.
Your chances of success will increase even more. Especially in the summer months, a quickly guided bait often pays off.
12th tip: Keep an eye on the water
Always be alert on the water and keep watching the surface. Often you never know what is going on exactly underneath as shown in the following picture.
If you see them swimming on the surface or even get out of the water easily, just change the place for your bait (if it was not there before).
You have to start reading the waters and get to know the asp better. But it is important that you remain constantly alert and keep watching the water.
13th tip: Don’t visit good fishing spots too often
Once you’ve found a good place to fish, it’s not worth going there again the next time you’re in a hide.
Because even the asps notice when a fishing spot is particularly dangerous. Therefore it is advisable to visit a hotspot every 3 to 4 weeks.
In the meantime just try out other places that promise success and that nobody else visits.
This way you can build up several good spots over time and change them over and over again.
14th tip: Book tip on the subject
We can also recommend the book “AnzeigeRapfen – Jäger der Flüsse: Modern Predator Fishing: Hardbait, Rubber & Fly”.
The book is described in great detail and leaves almost no questions open. In addition, photos illustrate what is written in a simple way.
The writing style of the author Florian Läufer also makes you want more. In any case, we wanted to get back to the water immediately to get the asp on our feet and try out the tricks.
Even for us there were still some tips that Florian gave us in a charming way.
We can recommend this book to all those who are serious about asp fishing.
Bonus tip for asp fishing: When is the best season?
Whether in spring, summer, autumn or winter, with different seasons, the conditions for asp fishing also change. Because for a long time now, you don’t always catch the coveted fish “equally well”.
We would therefore like to give you some tips for the different seasons at the very end. So you’re well equipped from January to December.
Asp fishing in spring (March, April & Mail)
In spring, i.e. in March April and May, asp do not have enough power to be able to steal all the time. Therefore they do not attack everything that is held “in front of their nose”.
It must be worth it in spring to become really active. Turn signals work very well at this time of year.
You should choose a turn signal between 8 and 10 cm (i.e. slightly larger than normal). For example, the Sakura indicator turn signal with a length of 9 cm and a weight of 21 g is suitable.
In spring you should fish for asp in medium water. That means right between the shore and the deep places. This also includes groyne fields. They stay mainly in the somewhat quieter areas. Especially where the current is not so strong.
You should also avoid the edges of currents when you are asping. A simple turn signal assembly (we explain the exact structure further above) can work wonders here.
Especially in spring it is advisable not to lead the lure too fast. Offer the bait rather slowly and a little bit more “thoughtful”. The most important thing is to guide the lure evenly. Because of the long and often hard winter they are not as active as in summer.
As far as the time of day is concerned, it is best to fish around midday during the day. If the sun is still shining now, you usually have the best chance of success in spring.
Asp fishing in summer (June, July & August)
For many anglers, the summer months are the peak season for asp fishing. As they are particularly fast, you should consider the location, the bait and also the fishing equipment.
We’ll cover the most important things below.
Where and when in summer?
In the months of June, July and August, i.e. in summer, you will find asp especially in areas where the water is fast and the current is strong.
For example below weirs:
But your chances of catching asp in summer are also increased at the intakes of cooling water, groyne tips, hydroelectric power stations, groyne tips, current edges and at locks.
It is important that you try to keep the asp out of the main current. Otherwise it can happen that it disappears very quickly in the current and disappears.
You have the best chances in summer when the sun is just setting.
Which lure in summer?
Asps eat mainly very young fish in summer. Therefore it makes sense to choose a relatively small bait at the beginning of summer (i.e. in May) and then to increase this bait over the next few months (June and July) until autumn. Because the young fish grow very fast during this time.
In summer they bite very well on lures close to the surface which are guided at a high speed (i.e. very fast).
We can recommend a so-called gamer here. These are not only heavy but also very fast when they are led fast. In addition the lure staggers a bit to simulate a sick fish.
For example the AnzeigePaladin Trick fish gamer with a weight of 14 g is suitable for this. Gamblers can be used especially on longer distances.
As an alternative, so-called stickbaits are also suitable in summer. These are slim plugs that do not have a diving shovel. They also do not have any action of their own.
The lure is guided in zigzag.
A very good small stickbait which is especially suitable for asp is the 5 g AnzeigeZBL Fakie Dog CB from ZipBait.
Alternatively, rubber fish or spoons are also suitable in summer.
The right fishing equipment
Because of the fast bait guidance you also need a high gear ratio on your stationary reel. A gear ratio of 6.3:1 is already important here. That means nothing else than: With one crank turn the fishing line is wound 6.3 times.
The NOMURA Aiko DH Double Handle FD 1000-4000 8+1 is a good example of this.
When the asp bites, you should be aware that it comes very quickly and suddenly. The first time it comes, you might even get scared.
The roller brake should therefore not be applied too tightly. Otherwise there is a risk that the asp will slit out. In addition, a braided fishing line that does not break so quickly is indispensable.
After an attack it is important to check the hook. Because it is possible that the fishing hooks become blunt, bend open and therefore have to be replaced.
Asp fishing Autumn (September, October & November)
Not only summer is ideal for asp. You can also fish for asp successfully in autumn.
In September, October and November, however, they move to other places. Therefore you have to change and adapt your strategies a little compared to spring and summer.
Below you will find our best tips and tricks.
Where and when can you find them in autumn?
In summer, they are still focused on strong currents. In autumn, this decreases a little. Now they prefer rivers with less current. Also, they are now found in deeper waters.
In autumn you should get up early if possible. There is a good chance of outwitting the first fresh water torpedo early in the morning. But you can also fish asp successfully at noon. Here, however, it often depends on the respective waters.
But if you want to be on the safe side in autumn, you should go fishing in the afternoon or early evening.
Especially when it starts to get dark your chances are especially high in the autumn months.
Lures and fishing equipment
In autumn you should use a simple spinning rod for spinning. The casting weight should be chosen between 40 and 50 g.
The length of the spinning rod should be approximately 2.40 to 2.75 m. This gives you enough leeway and you are flexible enough when spinning. The quickest possible action is crucial here.
Surface lures such as poppers, spooks or walkers (for example the AnzeigeSalmo Fury Pop Surface) are recommended as lures
But also spoons and spinners are good.
The important thing is that they are eye-catching, clearly visible in autumn and radiate contrasts in the water. So bright, eye-catching colours are most suitable here.
Then, like in summer, the bite can come suddenly and unexpectedly.
Asp fishing in winter (December, January & February)
If you want to fish successfully for asp in winter, you need stamina. Because usually they don’t bite immediately and at the first go.
So you can wait several hours in the cold at the fishing lake or river for the first bite.
When winter fishing, the bait and especially the bait itself is crucial. However, it becomes difficult because the places where they spend the winter are usually unclear.
When fishing for pike, the winter spots are usually clear, but with asp you have to search a little first.
Because that’s the biggest challenge: to find the asps at all when winter fishing.
Where do you find asp in winter?
In the deeper areas the chances in the river are rather low. Because it is precisely in rivers that the cold water mixes with the warm water. This is mainly due to the current.
Nevertheless, some places have proven to be particularly good. These are:
- Transitions from shallow to deep water
- Current shadow in shallow areas
- Not directly on the bank
- Current-free shallow water
So if you want to be on the safe side, you should definitely try it in current-free shallow water areas.
This is where your chances are usually the best.
Which lure in winter and how to use it?
For winter fishing, smaller plugs and narrow rubber fish have proved to be the best. Here a size between 8 and 16 cm is often enough to be successful.
Make sure that they have a narrow tail.
The lure can be guided a little faster. However, you should not guide it as fast as in summer. But the asp should already notice that something is “happening” in the water.
Jigging is a good complementary technique. The bait is hopped and guided over the bottom with a swing.
This wakes the asp from their “Sleeping Beauty sleep” and they bite suddenly and unexpectedly at lightning speed – even on cold days.
We hope that our 14 tips have helped you to understand a little better what is important when fishing for asp.
The bottom line is that it’s important that you always keep the right season in mind and that you are at the water at the right time.
If you can get past the asps quickly enough with a good bait, there’s a good chance you’ll be successful.
In any case, we wish you every success with your next hide. We have already caught a lot of asp.