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Your Recreational Fishing Resource Guide

Recreational fishing is done for pleasure or competition and is a favorite hobby among people of all ages. The most common type of recreational fishing uses a rod, line, reel, and hooks, as well as a variety of baits to attract the fish. The practice of attempting to catch fish using a hook is known as angling and the fish is usually released back into the water. Other types of sport fishing techniques include: hand gathering, netting, spearfishing, and trapping. Whether it's in a pond, lake, river, or ocean, recreational fishing remains a popular hobby demonstrated by men and women everywhere.

Different Techniques

  • Recreational Fishing Guide: Information on using rods, reels, lines, hooks, knotting, regulations, and permits.
  • An Introduction to Fly Fishing: Beginners guide to fly fishing, fly rods, reels, lines, and casting.
  • Bowfishing Tips FAQ: Information and tips about bowfishing and the best equipment to use.
  • Fishing Methods: Descriptions of many types of fishing techniques, including hand gathering, drift net, and pole and line.
  • Spearfishing Education: Collection of articles about spearfishing, free-diving, and tips for choosing the proper equipment.
  • Trammel Nets: Information on a form of recreational fishing called netting that consists of two to three layers of mesh netting in which the fish entangle.
  • Freshwater Fishing and Angling Tips: Angling tips and techniques for fishing in freshwater areas.
  • Take Me Fishing: Website dedicated to fishing techniques with tips on where to find fish, when to fish, setting the hook, and landing a fish.
  • Fishing Responsibly: Code of conduct for recreational fishing and catch and release tips for recreational anglers to ensure survival of fish.

What's in Your Tackle Box?

  • Hooks: Learn the parts of a fishing hook and some of the types that are used in freshwater angling.
  • Lines: Information on different types of fishing line, such as braided, nylon monofilament, and multifilament.
  • Sinkers: Diagrams and descriptions of types of popular sinkers used in recreational fishing.
  • Floats: Article about float types that come in various colors, sizes, and shapes to accommodate any environmental condition.
  • Rods: Information on several types of fishing rods, including the spinning rod, casting rod, and fly rod.
  • Reels: Tips on how to choose the best fishing reel with details on the spincast, spinning, and baitcast reels.
  • Lures: Article about different types of fishing lures based on the freshwater species of fish.
  • Spears: Collection of photographs and information on spearfishing and the proper techniques to catch fish using spears.
  • Nets: List of common types of fishing nets with descriptions, such as leaded gill nets, tie down gill, and seines.
  • Trappers: Tips and techniques for fishing hobbyist about trapping and marking trap lines.
  • Waders: Buyers guide to fishing waders with information on wader materials and types of fly fishing waders.

Live Bait

  • Earthworms: Information about using earthworms as a form of fish bait for anglers.
  • Night Crawlers: Instructions on how to find night crawlers and catch fish using them as live bait.
  • Insects: Guide to insects and fly patterns for those fishing hobbyist who enjoy fly fishing.
  • Small Fish: Best types of baitfish, such as the fathead, chub, common shiner, and mud minnow.
  • Frogs: Online video that demonstrates how to catch fish in weedy areas using frog bait.
  • Crayfish: Information on crayfish, their appearance, and how they are used as a live bait for fishing
  • Shrimps: Photographs and details of using shrimp as an effective way to catch fish.
  • Minnows: Learn which baitfish are the best and why so many fishers use live minnows as bait.
  • Crabs: Information on choosing the right bait, including live bait such as the fiddler crab and blue crab.
  • Sand Fleas: Photographs and information on the sand flea, where it can be found, and how it is used for live bait.


Rules and Regulations