Golden Fishing Rules that every fisherman should be aware of.
Fishing is a sport that has been around for 1000’s years.
Certain golden fishing rules have developed over the years that would make fishing a more enjoyable sport for everyone involved.
7 Golden Fishing Rules
- Leave it Cleaner Than When You Found It
- Do Not Intrude Your Neighbor
- Take Care of Private Property
- Do Not Mistreat Your Fish
- Only Take The Fish You Need
- Follow All The Fishing Laws
- Do Not Trash The Environment
We will discuss the 7 Golden Fishing Rules in more detail below…
Follow The 7 Golden Fishing RulesWell, there is no such thing as the Golden Fishing Rule.
These Golden Fishing Rules are not etched in stone, but these are the rules that most responsible anglers practice.
So we are going to take some popular sayings and we will apply them to fishing.
1. Leave it Cleaner Than When You Found It
Whether you are fishing from a boat, or you are fishing from the shore…
Take the time to clean the area where you were fishing.
Remove the trash, make sure no hooks are on the floor, take any extra string that is laying around.
Even if you did not leave the trash, take a few minutes to clean things up at the end of the day.
If you Leave it Cleaner Than When You Found It the next person would extremely appreciate the clean spot.
But above all… the trash will not end in the water to damage the fish or pollute our waters.
2. Do Not Intrude On Your Neighbor
Another fisherman that is near you, whether downstream or upstream has as many rights to fish there as you do.
If they arrived there first they have every right to enjoy that fishing spot until they are done fishing.
And by extension the water in front of them and around them.
When you cast make sure you do not cross your neighbor’s lines.
Excessive noise is not appreciated and is usually frowned upon.
Be polite, but not pushy. Your fishing neighbor may wish to be alone.
3. Take Care of Private Property
If you are being allowed to fish somewhere make sure to take care of other people’s property.
Things like cutting down trees, breaking fences, leaving gates open, driving off the beaten path are not things to do.
Make sure to ask for permission before you go fishing on a new spot.
Illegal trespassing can be quite expensive. Plus it will certainly ruin your fishing trip when the cops show up.
If someone was nice enough to allow you to fish on their property, do take care of it as it was your own.
4. Do Not Mistreat Your Fish
A lot of anglers these days are practicing catch and release fishing.
I personally am one of the people that will catch a fish, take a quick pic, and promptly release it back into the water.
A Fish is a living thing and should be taken care of.
Don’t get me wrong, I have NO problem with anglers that catch fish to eat.
I do have a problem with anglers who catch fish and then just let them die on the shore.
It’s a very sad thing to see.
If you will catch and release… awesome. If you are not, at the very least do not mistreat your fish.
Check out our post How to Properly Catch and Release Trout.
5. Only Take The Fish You Need
Only take as many fish as you need. On a good fishing day, you may catch quite a lot of fish.
Make sure you are aware of local fishing laws so that you will stay out of trouble.
If you are catching fish to eat, there is nothing like fresh-caught fish.
I worked in a seafood market many years ago, and frozen fish was not very sought out after.
Frozen fish just does not taste as good as fresh fish.
So only take as many fish as you will need.
6. Follow All The Fishing Laws
There are local, city, county, state, country fishing rules that you should be aware of regardless of where you live.
Some will let you know where you can fish, others will let you know how many fish you can take.
I have seen laws that even let you know what kind of hooks to use.
In some places or depending on the fish you are going after, you have to crimp your hooks.
It really all depends on where you live and where you are going to fish from.
7. Do Not Trash The Environment
This one goes along with the “Leave it Cleaner Than When You Found It” above, but it goes a step beyond.
Leave nothing but footprints when you leave the fishing spot.
Do not throw any non-biodegradable things in the water.
Let’s not pollute our waters in any way.
Plants that live in the area should not be damaged in any way.
They support the local environment and should be taken care of.
On some fishing spots, you may be able to build a fire.
Make sure is totally out before you leave.
Overall take care of the environment around you.
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