Fishing, “the great American pastime,” is enjoyed by nearly 40 million people annually. In fact, fishing is one of the most popular recreational activities in the country. Fortunately, there’s ample water and opportunity to accommodate everyone and no reason for any angler’s fishing experience to be compromised by another angler.
Fishing ethics and proper etiquette are core responsibilities of all anglers. Fundamentally, these ethics and etiquette can be distilled down to the “golden rule” – that is, treat others the way you want to be treated. Be respectful of others and be responsible for the area you’re fishing.
If you’re new to the sport, some of these practices may not be as obvious as others. For example, leaving an area better than when you arrived is something to which most anglers ascribe. Read on for more ethical fishing “golden rules.”
Fishing is supposed to be fun. Following these simple practices will assure you and everyone you come in contact with while fishing can enjoy their time on the water.
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