Outdoor Activities

How to Plan Any Fishing Trip

Fishing is one of the best outdoor activities, whether with friends and family or alone to get some solid me-time. Make it a part of a camping trip, extra activity on vacation or as a standalone excursion.

To make sure you have a successful outing, take time to evaluate where you want to go, what you should bring and what to rent once you get there.

Where To Go Fishing

The first question is always, where should we go fishing? For a quick trip you want the closest river, lake or reservoir, but that isn’t always the best choice. If you want to have a memorable experience in state, read the fishing reports and forums for the areas you want to target; or check out this fishing spot map. If you’re heading out of state or country then hiring a guide makes the most sense to ensure success.

What Fishing Equipment & Apparel To Pack

You obviously need to bring your fishing rod and reel, but outside of that you should take some time to evaluate what you will need for your trip. If you have done your homework you should know the right type of bait and lures to bring with you. Make sure you have the right line as you don’t want your line breaking when you have a big one hooked!

The fishing apparel you bring will greatly depend upon the time of year and type of fish you are going after. For summer you will need sunscreen, hat, shorts and a windbreaker if the temperature drops at night. For late fall and winter fishing you will need to dress warmer and layer your clothing. You will also need to bring gloves, thick socks and a weatherproof jacket such as Gore-Tex. For fly-fishing, you will need waders and a fly-fishing vest for easy access to your flies and fishing accessories. If you’re heading out on a saltwater excursion, then be sure to bring a wide-brimmed hat, polarized sunglasses, a quick dry shirt, non-slip shoes and a rain jacket.

Obviously if this is a classic roughin’ it trip outdoors, you’ll want to knock out that camping packing list too.

What To Rent When You Get There

In addition to the fishing supplies that you brought along with you, you may need to rent some items once you get to your fishing spot. The most commonly rented item is a boat or kayak. Before you get the first one you find, make sure that someone in your group knows how to safely operate the boat you select. You don’t want to be stuck out on the water trying to figure it out!

Follow these tips to ensure you can fully enjoy your fishing experience and limit out.