Fishing Checklist

Written by: Pete Danylewycz
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Do you have a fishing trip coming up in the near future? Do you wish you had a handy checklist that can help organize and simplify your trip? Lucky for you we've compiled the most comprehensive checklist for fishing on the internet. It doesn't matter if you're a novice or expert angler, nor if your trip is for 2 weeks or 2 hours, our fishing checklist will help you make the most out of your trip. Obviously, since this is an ample gear checklist- you won't need to bring everything with you. The idea of this checklist is to help guide your common sense on what you may or may not need.

The Complete List

  • Fishing License, including applicable stamps and if going on private property written permission
  • Fishing Rods, make sure you know the legal limit on how many poles you can use
  • Tackle box (bobbers, extra fishing line, fish stringer, hooks, jigs, leaders, lures, power bait, sinkers and weights)
  • Live Bait (if using minnows consider an air aerator, keep all live bait out of direct sunlight)
  • Map of body of water and/or area you're fishing in
  • Sun Protection; scentless sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and neck gaiter and face mask
  • First aid kit, should be a small, portable kit designed for camping or outdoors
  • Insect Repellant
  • Portable GPS or fish finder
  • Compass
  • 4"+ fixed bladed knife
  • Needle nose fishing pliers
  • Small bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Camera (avoid using a cell phone to prevent accidental drops into the water)
  • 2 to 3 clean towels
  • Water bottles
  • Soft tape measurer (to measure the length of your future monster catch)
  • Toilet paper

Feel free to download our printable fishing checklist to use on your next fishing trip.

About The Author
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Pete grew up fishing on the Great Lakes. Whether he's casting a line in a quiet freshwater stream or battling a monster bass, fishing is his true passion.
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