Posted By fisherfanatic on 04 Oct 2010 03:54 PM
You may also be able to avoid turtles by fishing in fast flowing water (like rivers). I've never seen a turtle there. If you venture into backwaters, however, you may see some turtles.
I've tried the fast flowing water before and it didn't work out for me. Sometimes the turtles will just crawl along the bottom of the river clawing their way to your bait. Caught my biggest softshell turtle ever that way and my smallest one too. I will say, that there's a lot less turtles that will be doing that. Never cuaght an aligator snapping turtle in fast water before, although I've had them sneaked up to my fish stringer in fast water trying to steal an easy meal.