How to Get Ready for Fishing Season

Prime fishing weather is right around the corner, so now is the time to get organized and ready. By being prepared, you'll be able to make the most of your time on the water with family and friends.

Here are a few things you can start with:


  1. Make sure you have renewed your fishing license. You can enjoy fishing from shore, or if you have a boat, make sure you have renewed your boat registration.
  2. Check and reorganize all of your fishing safety gear.
  3. Check your PFDs, make sure your boat registration paperwork is on board, and then also make sure that all of your fishing tackle and gear is organized and ready.
  4. Make sure that all of your fishing guides have been checked, replace the line on your fishing rods if needed, and double-check all of your drag systems.

You can find more information about how to get ready for fishing season, along with all other things fishing and boating, at

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Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.