BlogJanuary 2015

4 Great Indoor Fishing Games for Adults

4 Great Indoor Fishing Games for Adults

By Debbie Hanson

Jan 25, 2015

Even when the weather puts a damper on your outdoor fishing plans, you can still create your own indoor fishing-related fun.

Even when the weather puts a damper on your outdoor fishing plans, you can still create your own indoor fishing-related fun. No, you won't be landing a largemouth bass in your living room, but this list of indoor fishing games can help you keep your skills sharp and species knowledge up to par.

  1. Fish Jigsaw Puzzle. Learn how to identify different fish species by assembling a fish jigsaw puzzle. Many outdoor specialty retailers and websites sell 500 to 1000 piece fish puzzles that can provide hours of entertainment on days when the weather isn’t cooperating with your fishing plans. If the names of the fish species pictured on the puzzle aren’t already listed on the puzzle, do some online research using our Species Explorer section to figure out which fish are shown on the puzzle you are putting together.

  2. Fishing Trivia. You can never know all there is to know about fishing. There is an endless number of fun fishing facts and tips you can learn. Create your own game of fishing trivia using some of the facts and tips found on the Take Me Fishing website. Write the questions on an index card and the answers on the other (just remember to hide the side that includes the answer when asking your opponent a question). The player who answers the most questions correctly in a given time frame wins.

  3. Knot Tying Challenge. Learn to tie knots faster and better by making indoor fishing games out of knot tying practice. Sit down at the kitchen table with a few fishing buddies and decide on 4 or 5 fishing knots you want to get better at tying. Have a few spools of line in the center of the table along with a pair of scissors or line clippers and a hook (bend the barbs back when practicing). Set a timer for one minute and see who can correctly tie each knot in the least amount of time.

  4. Fly Casting Target Practice. Some outdoor specialty retailers and fly fishing shops carry micro or mini fly rods that are approximately 3 feet long, rigged with yarn, and can be used for indoor fly casting practice. One example of an indoor practice rod is called the Royal Wulff Fly-O, which was invented by legendary fly angler Lee Wulff. Just use a brightly colored plastic plate or bowl as a casting target. Then, keep track of which player is able to hit the target most often given a set number of casts.

What other indoor fishing games have helped you further expand your angling knowledge? If you are looking for more ideas, don't forget that kids of all ages can learn more about fish species and fish habitats by visiting the Little Lunkers Learning Center.

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.