Though it happened almost 40 years ago, I vividly remember the trophy fish my dad and I landed in a northern Wisconsin trout stream. We still talk about it to this day. That's how powerful fishing is and why you should learn how to do it. No matter what you catch, a day on the water is memorable because it gives you the chance to:

  • Relax and enjoy the freedom of being outdoors.

  • Feel proud about learning and improving new skills.

  • Have a great time with friends and family.

  • Experience the thrill of catching a fish.

Sounds like you'd need a week's vacation to pack all that in but it only takes a few hours of fishing. If you’ve never fished before, don’t worry. Anyone can learn to fish at any age. To get started, here are three main questions you’ll want to answer:

  • Where can you go?

  • What type of fish can you catch there?

  • What equipment do you need?

Chances are you don’t live far from fishable water whether it’s ponds, lakes, rivers, streams or even the ocean. Each fishing environment presents the interesting challenge of finding where the fish are and then figuring out what they’re doing so you can catch them.

 "A fishing license is not only your ticket to great entertainment; it allows you to contribute to conservation. Your state natural resources agency uses the money from fishing license sales to improve aquatic habitat and manage fish populations."

A new school

Once you’ve settled on where to go, you’ll need to decide what species to fish for. That will determine what kind of equipment to get. Beginners may want to wet a line for fish species that are fun and easy to catch such as bluegill and other sunfish. As your skills improve, you can fish for other species and try new techniques, too.

 "A fishing license is not only your ticket to great entertainment; it allows you to contribute to conservation. Your state natural resources agency uses the money from fishing license sales to improve aquatic habitat and manage fish populations."

When it comes to gearing up, you don't need much to enjoy the simple pleasures of fishing. Experts at local tackle shops can help you choose the perfect rod and reel, fishing line, lures and other tackle for whatever you plan to catch. You can even attend in-store seminars to learn how to use your new equipment.

Also, don’t forget to buy your fishing license. A fishing license is not only your ticket to great entertainment; it allows you to contribute to conservation. Your state natural resources agency uses the money from fishing license sales to improve aquatic habitat and manage fish populations.

So try fishing for the fun, relaxation and the challenge. As a bonus, by learning how to fish, you’ll be helping the environment, too.