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How to Find Fishing Spots Near Me: No Boat, No Problem

Have you been trying to figure out where to fish without a boat, but aren’t sure how to find the best spots? If this is the case, you should know that there are helpful tips you can use when you're looking for "fishing spots near me, no boat," also known as shore fishing spots.

Check with your state fish and wildlife agency.

Many state agencies will provide a list of bank fishing spots by region or can recommend shoreline spots based on the species you want to target.

Visit nearby state and county parks.

The next time you plan a family outing, head to a state or county park in your area. Many of these parks have fishing ponds, public piers, or are located on a waterway where bank fishing is permitted.

Keep an eye open for public waterways on your everyday routes.

You might be surprised by the number of spots you can find while running errands, driving to work, on a bike ride, or on your way to visit friends. Always check to be sure fishing is allowed at any of the spots you find, and don't trespass on private property.

Ask at your local tackle shop or join a fishing club.

While many of your fellow anglers may be secretive about specific spots, most are willing to share general information about waterways in the area where bank fishing is permitted.

Listen to local fishing reports.

Do any of the radio stations or television networks in your community include outdoors programming? Is there a local fishing podcast that might offer advice on where to fish without a boat? Local fishing reports can be a great resource of information.

Fishing without a boat, from the bank or shoreline, doesn't mean you won't have the opportunity to catch many fish or trophy-sized fish. In fact, once you get a fishing license and do your "fishing spots near me, no boat" homework, you just might start reeling in a few surprisingly sizable catches.


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 shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.