“Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.”
More people have gone fishing in the past few years, some trying it for the very first time as well as others returning to a childhood experience. As things slowed or were cancelled during the pandemic, outdoor options seemed a safer way to go out and connect. Freshwater fishing saw a boom as people found an enjoyable way to bond with family, enjoy the sights and sounds, and relax. While discussing their experiences, some new anglers remarked to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation survey, that they realized that maybe fishing was something for them after all.
The benefits of fishing or adding fishing to various outings were clear. And perceptions that it may be too expensive, require a lot of equipment, or travel were evaporating. In Missouri, places to fish can be found within a short drive. Fishing is enjoyed on lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout the state. With ease of access and a minimal investment, you can be catching your own fresh dinner, including fish high in Omega 3’s which is great for heart health, and relax with family and friends.
Guide to all things Fishing in Missouri
If you’re new to fishing or don’t quite know how to start, you can find everything you need to enjoy a popular outdoor pastime or start a new tradition on our Discover Fishing page including classes, events, and how-to videos.
Why People Love to Fish
Here are some of the benefits people are enjoying with fishing:
- Getting away from the usual demands of life
- Being close to nature
- Enjoying the sounds and smells
- Spending time with family and friends,
- Experiencing excitement and adventure
- Solitude and scenic beauty
- Catching my own food
- Reliving childhood memories of fishing
- Spending time outdoors
- Enjoying the water
- Connecting with a simpler way of life
- Learning a new skill
Listen to our Nature Boost podcast, Fishing Episode 19, where we take a deep dive into the fishing experience with an angling enthusiast.
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d by a shortage of fishing poles.“