Lakes are home to a variety of fish as well as a different set of challenges for anyone wishing to get their feet wet. Casting, for example, is carried out a bit differently than in other waters. Do not be discouraged, however, as even a novice can get used to lake fishing, in fact mastering it quickly.
You will want to have a smooth, snappy stroke, but if you snap too hard, you will probably lose your fly. A good thing to remember is you are casting the line, rather than the fly. The proper timing in your backcast and forward cast will be critical to their success. After all, if you can't cast your line, you can't catch any fish!
There are three general classifications for fish found here. Fish such as bass, trout and pike are classified as game fish, which we've all heard of as objects of the sport. Bait fish are the little ones which don't have too much value or esteem when landing, can still be fun for beginners, and serve as good practice.
Another class is the food fish, which is made up of species such as carp, catfish and yellow perch. These may not have as much value to the sporting fisherman, nevertheless they retain their value economically and are fun to catch. Of course, they are also good for eating!
As you get used to the terrain of the lake, you will notice how different fish prefer different parts of the water. You can use this knowledge to your advantage when trying to target specific species. For example, you will usually find small mouth black bass hanging around sunken logs or submerged stumps.
There is so much rich food in lakes, that some fish can grow to be real monsters! You may come across a big twelve-pounder bass, but if you didn't bring a rod sturdy enough, you may end up damaging or even losing your equipment. The ideal length you'll want is eight and a half feet, and the ideal weight you'll want is four or four and three quarters ounce.
With so much diversity among the different lakes, and even within each lake itself, you can spend a lot of time mastering lake fishing. It won't be terribly difficult to become used to it, and with the proper patience and enough practice, you will find success as a lake angler.