Fishing Gear

The tools you need

Planning a fishing trip takes a lot of work. Your needs may vary depending on where and when you're fishing and what kind of fish you're hoping to catch, but our easy list will help you make sure you don't forget any of the necessary equipment you need enjoy yourself, and help you stay safe while on the water:

Fishing Equipment

  • Rod and reels
  • Lures
  • Hooks
  • Line
  • Net
  • Stringer, ice box or working live well for fish


  • Raingear
  • Extra clothing

Safety Items

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fishing license
  • Horn or whistle
  • Life jackets
  • Paddle
  • First aid kit

Extra Items

  • Map
  • Bio-degradable soap (to wash off human, gas and other scents before handling bait, and wash off fish smell before handling anything else)
  • Extra gas / oil
  • Cell phone
  • Food

Additional Planning Tips

There are other things you can do to prepare for your fishing trip to save you some stress on the water. If you're planning an overnight fishing trip, plan it like you would any vacation by researching a number of different fishing lodges or campgrounds to find the one that will be best for your trip.

It's also a good idea to make a detailed plan of where you're going to fish by researching the best times to fish at various destinations. Don't forget to check your equipment in advance and bring extra lures and hooks just in case!