fishingTaking Scouts on a fishing trip is a great adventure. And while a great fishing trip can be a story to be told for a lifetime, a terrible fishing trip can, unfortunately, be just as memorable. With the great outdoors, unpredictability of weather, and inconsistent bite, there’s a lot to plan to make sure you have fun. Here are a few tips to help you plan your fishing trip:

1. Pick The Right Spot
Finding the right body of water is the most important part. If you’re camping, make sure there’s a nearby campground accessible. If needed, look up showers, bathrooms and other necessities. Some of the best fishing spots are pretty far off the beaten path, so make sure it is accessible to the types of vehicles you’re bringing, and anything you’re towing behind it.

2. Know Which Species To Target
Don’t show up to a trout stream with a bunch of large-bodied topwater frogs that 9 inch rainbow trout can’t bite. Don’t show up to a lake inhabited purely by bass with catfish bait. Check fishing reports to see what gets caught at your destination, then read up on fishing tips and tricks for the species you are targeting.

3. Gear Up
Once you know what to target and how to do it, make sure you have the proper gear. Look for the right rod, make sure you have a good reel, and then get some baits that are best for your targeted species. 

4. Get On The Water
Unless you’re fishing a river or stream where you have access to all parts of the water from shoreline or bridges, you’re going to want a boat. You can easily rent a boat or even take a chartered trip. 

5. Have Fun
Remember: fishing is fun, catching is amazing. Whether you reach your daily limit or get skunked, enjoy the outdoors and being out on the water.

For some more tips on how to prepare when taking a fishing trip, check out takemefishing.org.

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