5 Fishing Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

By Debbie Hanson

Jan 25, 2018

Instead of the usual "ho-hum" Valentine's Day dinner routine, why not plan a fun fishing date instead?

Instead of the usual "ho-hum" Valentine's Day dinner routine, why not plan a fun fishing date instead? In fact, this is the perfect year to come up with some fishing date ideas for Valentine's Day since the holiday falls on a Sunday. That means you won't have to limit your Valentine's Day fishing date to just a few hours.

If you're unsure about how a fishing date would be received by your significant other, don’t worry because research shows that it's likely to be received well. According to a survey of the one-third of couples who have never been fishing or boating on a date, 60 percent of women and 50 percent of men would be game to try.

Need some help coming up with fishing date ideas or concerned about a back-up plan in case the weather doesn't cooperate? Check out these five ideas that include both outdoor and indoor options.

  1. Plan a last-minute weekend getaway using our interactive map to find fishing and boating spots. You may want to pay particular attention to the warm-weather destinations that made the list such as Everglades National Park or Bahia Honda State Park. If you go, be sure to watch a romantic sunrise or sunset while on the water.

  2. If you live in the Northern U.S. and want to stay close to home, check into renting an ice fishing shanty or ice fishing house. There are fish camps and fishing resorts that will rent ice fishing shanties by the week or by the day. Plan on pouring some hot cocoa and cozying up around a fireplace after your ice fishing date. 

  3. Take a fly casting lesson together. There are professional fly casting instructors that can customize a lesson, or a series of lessons, for couples who want to learn how to fly fish.

  4. Pick out your dream boat at a local boat show or research a romantic couples fishing trip at a fishing expo in your area. For example, the Miami International Boat Show takes place over Valentine's Day weekend this year (February 15 through February 19).

  5. Find a local fishing seminar or class and learn a few new fishing techniques together. Or, learn how to prepare your catch by taking a couples cooking class.

Now that you have five clever fishing date ideas that you can use for Valentine's Day, make sure that you have renewed your fishing license for this year and check the regulations for any new areas that you plan to visit.

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.