Camping and fishing have always gone hand in hand. They’re like hotdogs and baseball games, campfires and marshmallows, or cheese puffs and pickles (try it sometime).
Here at KOA, we know the value of a relaxing weekend spent angling at the lake, stream, or river. Having the right equipment preparing for some of the curveballs Mother Nature is bound to throw your way can make a big impact on your experience.
So in the interest of making sure you don’t let “the Big One” get away, we’ve compiled some tips, tricks, and resources to make your fishing trip successful.
Check out the digital directory to find which KOAs have fishing areas on or around their campground.
If you don’t currently own any fishing equipment and aren’t quite ready to take the wader-clad plunge, you have a couple of rental options.
- Sporting goods stores and tackle shops sometimes rent out fishing equipment. Call your local stores and ask about their rental options.
- Check out Rent the Rod for weekly fly rod rentals, but plan ahead; they need at least two weeks to process every order.
Or maybe you’ve mulled it over and finally decided that now’s the time to purchase fishing equipment of your very own. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Know what kind of fishing rod or pole you want. Fishing poles and rods come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and costs. Know what kind of use you want to get out of your fishing equipment and research to find the best fit.
- Get the essential gear. Fishing line and hooks fall under this category. You should also get some fishing knives and tools like pliers or forceps. Depending on what kind of fishing you want to do, you might also want to grab bobbers and weights.
- Unless you’re using a bare hook (good luck), you need some sort of attractor. Attractors range from big, gooey worms to simple metal plates to intricate flies.
Check out these sites for a little extra help:
- Some quick tips for buying a rod.
- A list of online resources for buying fishing equipment rated on a four star system.
If you already have equipment of your own, here’s a quick checklist to go over before you head out for the first time:
- Wipe down and clean all of your rods and check your ferrules (that joint that connects the pieces on a two-piece fishing rod).
- Wipe down and clean all of your reels (nobody likes a slob). Make sure to oil and lube your reels where your manufacturer recommends.
- Take an inventory on your tackle or fly box. Replace any old, broken lures, sinkers, and hooks.
- Replace all monofilament line. Monofilament line deteriorates, gets brittle and loses strength and should be replaced yearly.
You’ve got your fishing hole of choice. Now…how exactly do you fish? Don’t worry; we have a couple of sites to help you figure it out. These sites are great resources for fledgling fishermen and aspiring anglers. They cover everything from how to handle a hook to how to ID your catch.
For those of you that might enjoy throwing around a fake bug on a string, check out Fly Anglers Online, a fantastic site for all of your fly fishing questions.
Watch this tutorial video on fishing basics to get you started. For more fishing tips from the Informative Fisherman visit his YouTube Channel.
to make your fishing experience great