Published on June 20th, 2014 | by Samantha Levine


Choosing the Right Fishing Magazine for You

On our site alone, the number of fishing magazines to choose from can be a bit overwhelming. Can’t there just be one magazine that covers everything? The truth is there are so many variations between species and habitats that it is impossible to publish a magazine that touches on them all. In one state, or county for that matter, you might fish two spots with fish that think differently, behave differently, and live in different environments. This article will help you to find the magazine that best suits your specific needs as a fisherman or woman.

Step 1: Do Some Local Research

Hold on for one second! It isn’t time to start looking at magazines yet. Before you can start, you will need to determine where it is you will be doing most of your fishing. While you may from time to time get the chance to travel the world and its fish-filled waterways, chances are most of your fishing will be local. And you do not want to spend time and money preparing for the wrong type of fishing. Do you live near any lakes or stream networks? Are you on the ocean, or is it a plane ticket away? Once you know where you will be fishing, the rest is quite easy. Local governments often provide on their websites detailed information on which species can be found in certain locations. If yours does not, online forums are a great place to look. With this information, you’re ready to hit the shelves.


Step 2: Find YOUR Magazine

The right fishing magazine is a valuable resource for beginners and experts alike. There are so many things to learn, and so many ways to perfect your craft. Here are some of the most popular fishing magazines, along with brief descriptions to help you find the one that’s right for you.

1) Sport and Ocean:

Do you live near the coast? Do you want to fish for tuna, marlin, and other monsters of the sea? Then these magazines are for you.

Sport Fishing


Sport Fishing is published for those who live to search the world’s waters for the biggest, most difficult-to-land fish. The magazine is also known well for its informative articles on boating.

Saltwater Sportsman


Saltwater Sportsman, while covering similar topics, is published more or less for the everyday fisherman or woman and focuses mainly on waters off the coast of the United States.

2) Fly Fishing:

Fly fishing is a method used to fish difficult-to-reach inland waters such as lakes, rivers, and streams, and is known and loved for the tranquility it provides. Will you be fishing for trout, freshwater bass, and other freshwater fish? These magazines may be for you.

Fly Tyer

fly tyer


The writers at Fly Tyer provide expert tips and advice, but the magazine is best known for the wealth of fly patterns it provides for fishing different conditions and species across the United States.

Northwest Fly Fishing, Southwest Fly Fishing, and Eastern Fly Fishing


Published by the same company, these three magazines focus on specific patterns and techniques helpful for fly fishing in different sections of the United States and Canada.

3) Species-Specific:

Do you want information on the specific types of fish you will encounter in your area? Look no further.

Bassin’ Magazine


Bassin’  Magazine provides helpful tips for those who fish for bass, as well as coverage of bass fishing tournaments across the United States.


in fisherman

Perhaps the most in-depth magazine on this list, In-Fisherman provides species-specific information on almost all of the freshwater fish that can be found in the waters of the United States.

Step 3: Get Out and Fish!

You don’t need me to tell you- it’s time to fish! Enjoy yourself, be safe, and remember that the right bit of advice can go a long way. Good luck!

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About the Author

Samantha Levine is a freelance writer for Magazine Discount Center. In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading in coffee shops.

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