Since spring is right around the corner, now is the perfect time to put together a local fishing checklist. A checklist can help you get prepared for new freshwater fishing adventures close to home.
Learn Your Local Freshwater Species
If you’re just getting started, learn about the species that inhabit local ponds and lakes near you. Freshwater fish such as largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish and catfish are some of the most common species, but you can check the Places to Fish and Boat Map to find out where to fish near you and get information about which species you can catch. When selecting the best tackle and gear, you’ll want to consider the fish species you plan to catch and type of local fishing spots you plan to fish.
Basic Freshwater Local Fishing Checklist
The fishing gear included in this sample checklist will provide you with a basic idea of what you’ll need to catch largemouth bass and panfish at local fishing spots, such as the bank of a pond or lake shoreline.
- Closed-faced spincast rod and reel combo or open-faced spinning rod and reel combo (if you plan to fish with your family or friends, be sure to have enough fishing rods for each angler)
- 6 to 8-pound test monofilament fishing line
- Assortment of number 8 to number 4 baitholder hooks
- 1/16 and 1/8-ounce split shot sinkers
- Plastic or cork bobbers
- Line clippers
- Long nose pliers
- Bait bucket or container
- Rubberized landing net
- Earthworms or red wigglers
- Tackle box
- Polarized sunglasses
- Basic first-aid kit (always take one along on your fishing adventures)
Once you have your tackle and gear assembled, check a local fishing report or local fishing forecast that provides current information about which species are actively biting in the waterways near you. For example, you can use the Take Me Fishing skill for Amazon Alexa as a resource for up-to-date local fishing forecasts.