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takemefishing.org offers a State by State Guide to Free Fishing Days in 2022 (no sport fishing license is required on these days).

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    • Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time.
    • Individual states may place certain restrictions and other regulations may apply, so be sure to contact your state fish and wildlife agency for specific state regulations.
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These are days – some states even offer free fishing weekends – where anglers can go fishing without a license. Check out the next free fishing days in your state.

Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. If you already have a fishing license, thank you for your purchase and for doing your part to support the efforts of your state fish and wildlife agency to make great fishing for current and future generations. Please also consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing, out on the water for the day.

Find out what you need to get out on the water. Learn how to fish, find places to fish and boat using our interactive map, get a fishing license or register your boat.

https://www.takemefishing.org/how...hing-days/
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These are great, but if you don't fish often be sure to buy your gear early as the stores sellout quickly of everyone who thinks they'll pick up the hobby.

Also, look for lesser known areas to fish and not the popular ones- it's a crazy event with a lot of shoulder-to-shoulder places.

Look up your State's Department of Natural Resources (or similarly named) website and find all the public lakes/ponds around. There's often a lot of areas people don't know about that are great to fish and have plenty of areas for everyone.

Have fun and if taking a youngster for the first time or who doesn't go often a tip for baiting the hook while they hold the rod is to wrap the line around your finger 4-5 times, so in case the kid gets distracted and moves the rod, you'll just have tension on your finger and not a hook through your hand if anything slips.

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Nice. I've been so swamped I haven't gone fishing at all this year. Doesn't help my older kid hasn't asked for the first time in 5 years and the younger one isn't old enough to fish yet (maybe next year).
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These are great, but if you don't fish often be sure to buy your gear early as the stores sellout quickly of everyone who thinks they'll pick up the hobby.

Also, look for lesser known areas to fish and not the popular ones- it's a crazy event with a lot of shoulder-to-shoulder places.

Look up your State's Department of Natural Resources (or similarly named) website and find all the public lakes/ponds around. There's often a lot of areas people don't know about that are great to fish and have plenty of areas for everyone.

Have fun and if taking a youngster for the first time or who doesn't go often a tip for baiting the hook while they hold the rod is to wrap the line around your finger 4-5 times, so in case the kid gets distracted and moves the rod, you'll just have tension on your finger and not a hook through your hand if anything slips.
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Fishing is one of the most boring hobbies
"I am the living man and I have the right to forage for food when I'm hungry." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOjfWOe4Yw8
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Is it generally safe to eat the fish? I looked into fishing as a supplemental way to save money, and the state guide basically seemed to say you can only eat like 1-2 fish a month due to high levels of pollution in the water or something... Thoughts?
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The Georgia libraries also have a free pass you can checkout for the Go Fish Education Center [gofisheducationcenter.com].
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Is it generally safe to eat the fish? I looked into fishing as a supplemental way to save money, and the state guide basically seemed to say you can only eat like 1-2 fish a month due to high levels of pollution in the water or something... Thoughts?
Indiana is pretty bad and I wouldn't eat any river fish....at all
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Is it generally safe to eat the fish? I looked into fishing as a supplemental way to save money, and the state guide basically seemed to say you can only eat like 1-2 fish a month due to high levels of pollution in the water or something... Thoughts?
I'm not sure about every state, but I. Michigan they have a yearly guide about which water and species are safe to eat.
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Is it generally safe to eat the fish? I looked into fishing as a supplemental way to save money, and the state guide basically seemed to say you can only eat like 1-2 fish a month due to high levels of pollution in the water or something... Thoughts?
It depends where you live. I'd ask someone in your area that enjoys fishing whether they eat the fish or just catch-and-release.

There are more profitable hobbies than fishing. If you enjoy the hobby and live near somewhere that you can fish, then I suppose it could be a net profit, but I don't think I know anyone who comes out ahead with fishing. People who get into the hobby, often end up spending a lot on equipment or lures. I would definitely try it out, especially if you have friends or family who can show you the ropes.
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This is like free days in the national parks. If you actually enjoy fishing you put these dates on the calendar to avoid 😂
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Answered wrong post
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Is it generally safe to eat the fish? I looked into fishing as a supplemental way to save money, and the state guide basically seemed to say you can only eat like 1-2 fish a month due to high levels of pollution in the water or something... Thoughts?


Check with your local fish and wildlife commission. I grew up thinking the reason they suggest limiting fish intake is mercury levels (although this could completely just be local old wives' tales)
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I tried fishing around 8 times last year which i caught nada but i enjoyed being in the outdoors on a nice day for a couple hours.
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Is it generally safe to eat the fish? I looked into fishing as a supplemental way to save money, and the state guide basically seemed to say you can only eat like 1-2 fish a month due to high levels of pollution in the water or something... Thoughts?
Some states use pretty conservative assumptions when making these fish consumption advisories, like an increased risk of 1 in a million people getting an extra case of cancer from eating X 8oz meals of freshwater fish for a 70-year lifetime. Some contaminants bioaccumulate and levels tend to be higher in fish further up the food chain. It COULD BE safer to eat carp or catfish as opposed to bass for example. Some contaminants also concentrate in the fatty skin and dark meat along the lateral line. If you trim this stuff off and use a cooking method that allows fat to drip away there would be lower levels. It is an individual decision and good advice to look at your state's consumption advisories for the specific water you are fishing and the species you would be targeting.
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