Local Fishing Information Sources

“90% of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.” – Noted Fly fisherman, Lefty Kreh, from 1001 Fishing Tips by Lamar Underwood

Bait or tackle shops are known to be a great source of fishing information, but other businesses may provide a wealth of information as well. In my neck of the woods, it is a rare local business owner or employee that doesn’t go fishing and boating. Patronize an establishment in a “Just Keep Reeling” hat (or such) and ask about that mounted fish over the deli counter. You may hear some fish stories but there just might be some particulars that will help your next outing.

Here are some examples of where and the types of information I have learned from local sources:

  1. Grocery Store. The owner knows the river and has shared locations of potential boating hazards and muskie haunts.

  2. Lumber store. An employee has provided walleye fishing tips, locations of boats launches, and updates on river raft races.

  3. Restaurant. Discovery of this place lead not only to a delicious shrimp poor boy sandwich but the owner claims he can put me on 30” brown trout.

  4. Bank. A teller’s husband ties flies and has all of the equipment, should I need supplies, instruction, or completed flies.

  5. Coaches. From several of my son’s coaches I’ve learned new trout streams, techniques, and lure colors.

I’ve found that most anglers momentarily working at a business are generous with sharing of information, although understandably retaining certain secret baits and locations. However, it also doesn’t hurt the exchange of knowledge if they learn you are taking your kids and practice catch and release.

Have you learned some fishing and boating information from some unusual places? Remember you can also check for places to fish and boat through our interactive map.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.