One of the easiest ways to get hooked on fishing is to find a few great places where you can easily fish by foot. If you’re a new angler or just one that happens to be without a boat, don’t go crying and pouting about not being able to catch fish or get into any good spots. You CAN find good fishing areas that are accessible without a boat. If you are just getting your feet wet in the world of angling, it makes sense to hone your freshwater skills from land first without having to worry about navigating a boat at the same time.
For me, fishing by foot might equate to something as simple as fishing in my backyard pond or venturing down to the Golden Gate Canal System in Naples, FL to see if the largemouth bass happen to be biting there. How do you scout out good “fishing by foot” areas? Here are some suggestions:
- Use the “Places to Fish” map at TakeMeFishing.org. This map tool will show you where there are parks and bodies of water nearest to your city, state and zip code. You can also find links to purchase your state fishing license online or check the most current regulations.
- Use the “Fishing Spot and Lake Maps” at BassResource.com. You can pull up a map by city and state or zip code. These online maps also include all nearby bodies of water.
- Download the Fishidy app for your mobile phone. This is a fishing app that gives you access to detailed fishing reports, waterway maps, a personal fishing log, and real-time weather information.
- Check the Fish and Wildlife or Department of Natural Resources website for your state. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website, for example, offers a list of state sites and associated fishing forecasts.
- Ask at your local tackle shop. Most tackle shops are operated by people that love to fish, and who come into contact with experienced anglers on a daily basis. Chances are pretty good that they will have some insider information if you just take the time ask.