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Tips for Fishing Boat Rentals

Tips for Fishing Boat Rentals

By Andy Whitcomb

Apr 26, 2023

When traveling, a fishing boat rental can be a great way to fish a new body of water. Here are some boat rental tips to know before you arrive.

When traveling, there are times when one may long for having access to a fishing boat. Fortunately, many larger bodies of water offer a fishing boat for rental service. Not only does this mean an opportunity to fish in new water, but it could also be a chance to gain experience with a boat style, brand, or size that may differ from your boat.

How old do you have to be for fish boat rentals?

Operator requirements for a fishing boat rental vary by the state you are visiting and type of watercraft. For example, a recent search of age restrictions regarding boat rentals for fishing, showed a range of at least 18 to 28 years.

Do you need certification for a fishing boat rental?

This also depends on factors such as the state, body of water, and type of boat. Some form of boat certification safety training may be required. Pennsylvania requires a boater safety card for fishing boats rental with a motor over 25 hp unless the operator was born before 01/01/1982. However, one New York lake with a boat rental for fishing indicated that a driver’s license was sufficient. On smaller bodies of water, the proprietor may be able to just cover guidelines and provide boat and lake orientation prior to the rental.

What is the cost of fishing boats for rent?

Rates can vary by boat type, length of rental, geography, even time of year and day of week. Gas, tax, and insurance will not be included in most cases. There will also be a deposit so have your credit card handy. And be sure to check the fine print regarding a cancellation policy and any possible penalty.


Additionally, if a fishing boat rental is a possibility during your trip, it is a good idea to see if the body of water has a webpage. There may be additional information, paperwork, even safety videos required. Even if you are an experienced boat operator, prior to launch, make sure to familiarize yourself with the different boat and the new surroundings and check for any visible damage/issues.

Andy Whitcomb
Andy Whitcomb
Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.