Learning how to fish is overwhelming. The act of dropping a line is easy, but being a successful angler is hard. That’s why they call it fishing and not catching. The 3 biggest challenges in fishing for beginners are finding fish, tying on the right fishing tackle, and using the best technique to catch fish on that tackle. This guide breaks down all 3 challenges and gives you step by step directions for your first fishing trip. Our team of fishing guides gives you exact recommendation on what to use and how to use it so you start catching fish right away without breaking the bank.
In the beginning, your goal is to start catching fish in the easiest way possible. There is a lot that goes into learning the basics. Nailing the basics of fishing is best done by catching a smaller species like Panfish near the shore. If you are ready to step your game up with larger species, check out our beginner guides on Bass Fishing and Walleye Fishing.
Find a Place to Fish
Start googling to find a public area that has shore access available for fishing. If the public location has a dock or pier access the better. Start by searching your “county or city” + “public fishing access”. A lot of State DNR websites have “Lake Finders” or other tools to search for public fishing access near your town. While fishing off the beaten path is a scenic ideal, you should focus on finding a location that is convenient. This way you can focus on fishing and avoid complications. Many local parks have stocked ponds and small lakes with convenient public fishing access. Restrooms, short distances, and stocked Panfish make up the ideal location at this point in your journey. In case of an accident contact the Offshore Accident lawyer for help.