Get Healthy - Eat Your Catch

Everyone knows fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. But don’t forget eating your catch is good for your health, good for the environment, and good for your taste buds!

Good for Your Brain

Fish has long been known as brain food, and for good reason. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish serve as essential building blocks for the human brain. Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of fish consumption by pregnant and breast-feeding mothers on the brain development of their babies.

Keeping Your Catch

Keeping Your Catch

Harvesting, cleaning, cooking and eating a freshly caught fish are all important parts of the overall angling experience.

While there are a variety of methods for cleaning, preparing and cooking different species of fish, here are some links to several how-to videos and instructional narratives explaining a few of the more common approaches.

Spinning Rods and Reels

Available in various lengths, weights and actions, spinning rods are designed to accept a spinning or underspin reel on the bottom side of the rod.

Spinner Rod

Fly Rods and Reels

As with baitcasting and spinning rods, fly rods are available in various lengths, weights and actions.

Fly Rods

Fly Rod

Casting Rods and Reels

Casting rods include baitcasters and spincasters. The primary difference between the two is the type of reel used.

Bait Casting Rod

Fishing Rods and Reels

fishing rods and reels

Similar to equipment and tools for other activities, fishing rods and reels come in many forms. Here are the most common types of fishing rods and reels.

Fishing Lines

While an entire tackle set-up is key to landing your fish of choice, few will argue the importance of using the right fishing line for each situation or application.

Fishing Line and Lure

Fish Habits and Habitats

Having a basic understanding of common fish behaviors and habitats is essential to maximizing your time on the water and giving yourself the best chance for angling success.

While each species has its own specific habits and preferred habitats, there are a few universal themes that can often be applied to various types of fish.

Common Lures and Rigs

While today’s angling community has access to a seemingly endless assortment of fishing lures and rigs for varying species, bodies of waters, habitats, water and weather conditions, and fishing techniques, here is a list of some of the more common lures and rigs utilized by anglers of all types.

Mid-Depth Lures and Rigs - Spinner Baits

Spinnerbaits are baitfish-imitating lures, and well-known for their ability to create aggressive reaction strikes from many species of fish.

Spinner Bait

  • Suggested Seasonal Use: Year-round, open water

  • Species: All species


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