A Beginner’s Guide To Fishing

If you are new to the fishing, you need to know some of the basic rules. Like other forms of hunting, fishing (which dates back almost 10,000 years) involves both your environment and those around you. Always be respectful of both.

A number of various techniques and traditions have been used during fishing’s progression. Modern technological developments have changed the way people fish, but many of the same rules, regulations, and social norms involving fishing still apply.  Always practice good stewardship of our waterways when fishing. You can make a conscious decision to leave the areas in which people fish in better condition than when you found it. Take care of our lakes, rivers, and other waterways so that others will enjoy these areas for years to come.

Practicing certain behaviors will ensure that you’re taking good care of the places where people fish.  Never litter when you’re out on the water. Always bring a trash bag or other receptacle to use for the collection of your trash; you can easily deposit it in a nearby trash receptacle when you’re finished. Dump your refuse in properly assigned dumping stations instead of tossing it in the water.

As you fish, always use the correct type of bait and fishing gear. Certain areas allow for certain bait and gear. You will also encounter limits on the number, size, and kind of fish that you can keep. Become familiar with what these limits are and pay attention to them. Don’t wait until you’re at your fishing spot to search for what is and isn’t allowed. Check with your destination before you head out on your fishing trip to see what the local regulations allow. If you plan on using a boat while fishing, research to see what kinds of watercraft are allowed where you are going to fish.  

Every fishing location is different, so pay special attention to local procedures and cautions. This also applies when you decide to clean your boat after you leave the water. You don’t want to spread alien species to another body of water.

Finally, never fish where it is not permitted. There are a number of reasons why it could be illegal; the protection of certain wildlife, the proper care of vegetation, the safety of you and others who want to fish, etc.  You should also follow a number of cautionary behaviors to ensure your safety.

As with all forms of hunting, safety is first:

  • If you will be using a boat while you fish, ensure that every person aboard the boat (including yourself) is wearing a life jacket.
  • Practice extreme caution when baiting and removing hooks.
  • Make sure to never fish on unauthorized waterways. Follow the posted speed limits and wake warnings that accompany the use of a boat.
  • Bring all the relevant safety items (water, flashlights, maps, your cell phone) with you.
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