BlogApril 2020

Mental Benefits of Fishing

Mental Benefits of Fishing

By Alycia Downs

Apr 03, 2020

From connecting with nature and those around you to a chance to exercise and escape, find out the mental health perks of fishing.

Whether it’s the sights, smells or sounds, or simply the chance to escape from the daily grind, nature can have a positive effect on your mental health. Getting outside for a fishing experience, walk in the woods, camping trip or other activity can be restorative. That’s because the time spent outdoors is calming and relaxing, having a therapeutic effect. Not sure how to enjoy nature? Keep in mind that the setting doesn’t matter so you can choose any natural environment. And whether you’re alone or in a group, you’ll still reap the benefits of nature. The key is to find an activity you enjoy so you commit to carving out the time to escape.

Fishing offers plenty of opportunities to get out in nature and realize the emotional boost that comes from spending time outdoors. Whether you’re just learning how to fish or how to boat, here are some key ways your mind will benefit from a day on the water:

  • A Renewed Focus: One of the biggest psychological benefits of fishing is that it allows anglers to focus on the simple act of fishing. You can let go of all your cares and worries, which in turn, gives you the opportunity to decompress and appreciate the beauty and joy a day on the water affords.
  • Quiet Reflection: If you want to step away from the noise that constantly surrounds us and concentrate just on yourself, planning a solo fishing trip will give you that opportunity. For some anglers, a day of solitary seclusion on the water is the perfect chance for clear thinking and introspection that can bring greater understanding and happiness.
  • Greater Self-Esteem: One of the best mood boosters is confidence. And fishing can help by upping your skills. From analyzing the best spot to go or addressing problems that come up while you’re on the water, you’ll strengthening your decision-making skills and be better prepared to achieve other personal goals as a result.
  • Physical Exercise: Walking to the perfect spot, wading in the water and casting all day long are all great forms of exercise. And regular physical activity is known to relieve tension, improve energy and enhance your well-being thanks to an uptick in endorphins.

New to fishing? You can get started in minutes with all our resources available for beginners. Make sure you get a fishing license before heading out to a relaxing day on the water.

Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs is a freelance content creator and avid sportsman who contributes to numerous publications promoting tourism, fishing, and outdoors. Alycia is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and is actively involved with conservation and fishing non-profit organizations. Visit her personal blog at or on Instagram @tideandtale.