Fishing is one of many outdoor activities where you can follow social distancing guidelines. It’s a great way to enjoy nature and even catch your next meal in the process.
There are five methods for fishing:
- Bait fishing
These five methods are all used in north freshwater and saltwater angling. Bait fishing is the oldest and most universally used method for fishing. Beyond these five main methods are many other techniques you can. Methods and techniques are chosen for certain types of fish, and their migration, foraging, and habitat.
Every state in the U.S. has its own rules and regulations regarding fishing. Some states do not require fishing licenses while others do. For example, in California, F is considered a right according to the Constitution of the State of California. Additionally, a license in one state may not be honored in another state or might be, especially if they share a body of water.
There are great fishing destinations in all 50 U.S. states. Preference of fishing location may boil down to proximity to home, the type of fishing you’re looking to catch, and whether you want to freshwater fish or saltwater fish. Heading to a landlocked state for saltwater fishing is not as ideal as heading to a coastal state.
Florida is the best state for saltwater fishing. Florida has access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The state has great weather conditions for fishing as well as the rarity and quantity of fish anglers look for. Aside from its coasts, Florida also has countless rivers, swamps, canals, lakes, and ponds to catch a large variety of other fish. The Florida Keys are one of the best fishing destinations in the country.
Residents 18 years of age or older and non-residents 16 or older are required to have a Florida license to fish both freshwater and saltwater. Out-of-state fishing and hunting licenses are not valid in Florida.
Alaska has miles and miles of nearly untouched nature and beautiful scenery. While the fishing season is brief in Alaska, there is plenty of freshwater fishing to catch salmon, steelhead, grayling, and northern pike all around the state. Offshore saltwater fishing is available as well, but the water conditions can be pretty rough. Some of the top fishing spots in Alaska are Cooper River, Bristol Bay, and Karluk River.
All residents 18 or older and non-residents 16 and older are required to have an Alaska sport fishing license to fish in sport and personal use fisheries. Additionally, those who wish to fish for King Salmon must have a king salmon stamp.
Louisiana is located along the Gulf of Mexico and is known as a very marshy, water-filled state. You’re never too far away from a great fishing spot in Louisiana. Louisiana fishers will be able to catch tuna in the Gulf, as well as redfish, flounder, speckled trout, sheepshead, and drum. One popular place to fish in Louisiana is Venice, which has freshwater, saltwater, and brackish water fishing available. Other popular destinations are Henderson Lake and Lake Pontchartrain Basin.
If you are 16 or older, you need to have a Basic Fishing License to fish recreationally in Louisiana waters. Additionally, if you are fishing south of the saltwater line, you must also obtain a Saltwater License.
Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes and has more than 11,000 inland lakes. Salmon, whitefish, smelt, steelhead, and brown trout are abundant in the Great Lakes while the inland lakes have high bass populations. Population fishing destinations in Michigan include the Mississippi River, Lake Michigan, and Lake Springfield.
In Michigan, if you are over 17 years old, you must obtain a fishing license. If you are under 17, you may fish without a license but must follow all rules and regulations for fishing.
While most people may not think of the great outdoors when they think of New York, the state has a lot to offer for fishing. To its east is the Atlantic Ocean and to its west are Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Additionally, New York is home to Lake Champlain, considered to be one of the best fishing destinations in the country, especially for bass.
Everyone 16 years or older, unless an exemption applies, must have a valid freshwater fishing license to fish in New York. This includes those fishing on private waters and those who catch-and-release.
Minnesota has 13,000 natural lakes within its borders and most of them are filled with plenty of walleye. During the winter months, ice fishing is a popular activity to catch northern pike or musky. Some of Minnesota’s popular fishing destinations are Lake Winnibigoshish, Red Lake, and St. Croix River.
All residents of Minnesota 18 to 89 years old must have a current Minnesota fishing license unless an exemption applies. All non-residents need a license to fish in Minnesota unless if 15 or younger and accompanied by a licensed parent.
Texas, like Florida and Louisiana, has access to the Gulf of Mexico and favorable weather conditions for fishing. Along the coast, you can find huge redfish and sizable largemouth bass in the state’s rivers and lakes. The popular fishing places in Texas include Corpus Christi/Port Aransas, Galveston Bay, and Lake Fork Reservoir. Corpus Christi/Port Aransas and Galveston Bay are both located along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
A fishing license is required of anyone who fishes in public waters in Texas. All persons under 17 years old are exempt from license requirements, both residents and non-residents of Texas.
Wisconsin is another state located by the Great Lakes that is amazing for fishing. Lake Michigan borders the east coast of Wisconsin, perfect for those looking to fish for salmon, whitefish, smelt, and steelhead. Additionally, Wisconsin is home to over 15,000 lakes and not to mention beautiful scenery that makes the state a perfect location for fishing. Top fishing spots in Wisconsin include Lake Michigan, Big Saint Germain Lake, and Lake Winnebago.
Residents and non-residents of Wisconsin 16 years or older need a fishing license to fish in any waters of the state. Those under 16 do not need a fishing license.