Fishing Trip Checklist

If you're like me, you've probably showed up at a lake, realizing that you forgot an important piece of gear.  It's usually not the same piece, after all, once you forget it the first time, you will probably make sure you grab it the next time.  Whether your trip is a short one to a local lake, or a cross country trip that involves flying or driving long distance, make sure you are organized.

Don't forget your favorite lures!
Here is a list that you can use to help plan what you need to bring on your trip.  While I've tried to include as much as possible, it isn't necessarily all inclusive.  Make sure you add or subtract items from your personal list as needed.

Fishing License!
(It isn't fun to forget this, and you don't want to add a ticket to your trip experience.)

  • Rods and Reels
  • Hooks, Lures, etc as needed,  if you use multiple tackle boxes, double check that have everything you need.
  • Weights
  • Extra line
  • Bait,  worms, live bait, Power Bait, etc.

  • Make sure your clothing is appropriate to your local weather and time of year.
  • Hat
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Jacket,  at least a rain jacket, heavier if the weather dictates.
  • More insulation layers than you think you will need.
  • Gloves, both for the cold and if you use them for handling fish.
  • An extra pair of shoes or boots with extra socks.

  • More water than you think you will need.
  • Meals, plan according to how long your trip will be.
  • Snacks, enough to keep the "edge off," but also bring a little more than you think you will need.
  • Gum, candy, etc, depending on your preferences.

Don't forget your GPS!
  • Knife, pocket, fillet, etc.
  • Extras of anything mentioned above.
  • Map
  • GPS
  • Sunscreen
  • Cell phone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Insect Repellent
  • Pliers
  • Scale and measure tape for your catch
  • Copy of local fishing regulations

Hopefully, by planning exactly what items you will take with you on your next fishing trip you can reduce the frustration from gear left at home.  You may not carry every one of these items on your person every time, but hopefully you have them available in your vehicle, or camp nearby.

What other items are on your list?  Share your must have fishing equipment that I missed in the comment section below.


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