Are you looking for a way to de-stress, reconnect with nature, or simply find a new hobby? Fishing may be for you. Summer is a great opportunity to get hooked on this relatively inexpensive sport that provides both a calm and relaxing experience, with the rush of excitement of making a catch.
Before casting your rod, it’s important to learn how to decipher your reels from your rods, lures, baits, and bass, in addition to knowing the rules and necessary safety precautions.
Here’s what you need to know to get fishing!
Fishing Rules and Permits
When it comes to fishing in Canada, rules and regulations vary by province and are subject to provincial jurisdiction. Before taking any action, make sure you have the right permit and that you meet all the requirements before casting away. You can visit any provincial government website to get all the information you need, including open season dates, catch limits, and advice on the best fish for eating (and those to avoid) for each fishing zone.
Whether you’re headed out for the day, or going on a week-long fishing trip, safety should always be a top priority. Here is a list of items to have on hand for a fun and safe fishing experience:
- Life jackets, at least one per person – even when you are fishing on land. The shore can be slippery and you could lose your balance and fall into the water.
- Paddles – even if you’re using a motorized boat, you never know when your engine might stop working!
- Floating rope – this can be used to pull them to safety.
- Whistle – if someone falls overboard, it can be used as a sound signal in case of emergency.
- Waterproof flashlight – helpful to see in the dark or to help find a lost object.
- Drinking water and non-perishable food – make sure you stay hydrated and fed, especially if you’re spending a lot of time out in the sun on hot summer days!
- Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses – the reflection from the water can cause you to burn much quicker than when you’re on dry land. Always make sure to protect yourself from the sun to ensure you don’t get burned or worse, sun stroke.
- Mosquito repellent – bugs are unavoidable when you’re out enjoying nature, especially near water. Don’t forget mosquito repellent and allergy medication or you might just find yourself itching all over!
- Water resistant rain boots or shoes – if you don’t like your feet getting wet, water resistant shoes will help you have a better fishing experience.
- First aid kit – accidents can happen anywhere. Make sure you’re prepared with bandages, scissors, gauze pads, rubbing alcohol, medical tape and wraps.
Bring the Right Equipment
Being safe also means having the proper gear. The best way to ensure you have the right equipment, especially as a beginner, is to speak with an experienced salesperson at your local sporting goods or fishing store. Your tools and equipment should be the right size for you and should meet the needs of your level of expertise. You’ll need:
- A fishing pole and reel
- Fishing line
- A fishing basket net
- Fish hooks
- Fishing pliers (to remove your catch off the fish hook)
- A cooler and ice (to help you keep your catch fresh until dinnertime!)
- A tackle box (to carry your equipment)
Luckily, there are many amazing lakes and rivers across Canada to fish. Check out our list of Top Fishing Hot Spots in Canada and find out about the best fishing destinations in every corner of the country.
There’s never a bad time to try something new, but summer is arguably one of the best! Grab your rod, a few friends, and go enjoy everything nature has to offer as you start your new hobby!