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Fishing Boat Accessories: Livewells & Baitwells
Livewells Keep Your Catch Alive and Healthy
- Different fish species have different livewell requirements. Bass, for example, can handle high water temperatures and low oxygen levels that would kill walleye or trout. Cold water can hold more oxygen from an aeration system than warm water.
- Ammonia from fish excrement can build up in the livewell along with carbon dioxide.
- Both can prove toxic to your catch. Be aware of the conditions demanded by each species and how to adjust your livewell system to meet those demands. You can run the pumps continuously and add ice to reduce the temperature; use a specialized oxygen-injection system; add water conditioners made for livewells; and even add a mild saline solution to condition the water.
Baitwells Keep Your Bait Active
Casual Anglers and Small Boats
If you’re new to fishing, or a seasoned angler looking for a new fishing boat, see our section on freshwater fishing boats.