Fact or Fiction?

Jessica & Angelo

I been fishing for a long time but i always wonder something. Can fish hear you above the surface (maybe Vibrations or voices)? I go fishing with my cousin sometimes he tells me that im going to scare all the fish lol he bothers me saying that....I mean i know if the fish see you there not guna stick around (if there on the edge).... 

Posted by Jessica & Angelo Elite Member created over 9 years ago - last updated over 9 years ago
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Scott Simmons

fish cannot hear you talking but stomping or moving in a boat will spook them

Posted by Scott Simmons Expert Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

John Wright

correct talking doesnt spook the fish sound waves travel different under water we even see it or hear it when we dive you cant tell which direction the sound comes from

Posted by John Wright Elite Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Henry V

Fact - fish can sense movement on the bank with their lateral lines. I always walk lightly around certain areas so as to avoid spooking fish, or I cast to them from a distance before I walk past them. Trust me, it works.

I'll never forget the time I was fishing a bank in NJ and I saw a big log in the water. I kept walking, and the log shot away. It was the biggest Northern Pike I ever saw in my life, a 40" fish if it was an inch. A few yards down the bank, I saw another, smaller pike. I caught that one by casting ahead to it. My rule is: if it looks fishy, cast before walking near the spot.

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Henry V

Here's the little Pike. See that brush pile over my right shoulder? That's where I spooked the big one.


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Jessica & Angelo

ty, i always wonder about that,. For now on i will walk more lightly giving me a better chance, nice northern pike Henry

Posted by Jessica & Angelo Elite Member over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

Depends on the species, some fish are more sensitive than others, but some fish do have extremely sensitive hearing. Often there's a small bone connecting their air bladder to their inner ear, and they use the air bladder as an extension of the hearing system. Any vibration picked up by the air bladder is transmitted to the inner ear by this bone, similar to how the 3 bones in our ear transfer sound from the ear drum to our inner ear.

Sound also travels 5 times faster in water than it does in air, and can travel much longer distances, so the fish may very well be aware of your presence before you're aware of theirs.

Fish are sensitive to background noise just like we are, so you probably have a better chance of sneaking up on a fish in a noisy environment like a stream or river than you do trying to stalk a fish in the shallow, still water of a pond or lake.

Posted by Jason Robinson over 9 years ago - Report Abuse

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