How Much does Fishing Cost?

Have you been thinking about trying a new hobby but intimidated by the start-up cost? Today, I’m focusing on fishing! Let’s figure out how much money you’re going to need to get started on this hobby. How much does fishing cost? What supplies do you need to get out on the riverbank and start catching fish?

Personal note: I do not claim to be a fisherman; but I know what makes fishing special! That’s why I want to share this hobby with you!


How much does Fishing cost?

Fishing can be a confusing hobby to get started. If you talk to real seasoned fishermen, you might think you need to spend a fortune. In reality, there are just a few basic things you must have before you go fishing for the first time. You don’t need the most expensive rod, reel or bait, but If you want to be successful, you need a few basic supplies.

Get a Fishing License for your state

In every state you will need to purchase a fishing license. The Kentucky Fishing License is $20 for a yearly license. Each state will have it’s own fees and special requirements. Just do a quick search for your state and ‘fishing license’ so you can find out what the options and requirements are.

Fishing Gear

You may be able to pick up some fishing gear from yard sales, family or neighbors. But if you need to purchase your own, you can go to your local sports store or even find options online.

I went to our local Walmart to look at the options available in store. You will need a Fishing Rod & Reel to begin. Most options start around $15.00 and go up from there depending on the brand, features and quality.


Hooks, Line, Sinkers and Bait

There are thousands of options when it comes to fishing gear. Depending on what type of fish you are hoping to catch, you can use many different kind of hooks, bait and gear. But to get started with basic fishing off the side of a bank, you will need some hooks, basic fishing line, some sinkers and floaters.


For a brand new beginner (or a gift to a starting fisherman), you may be interested in buying a Ready 2 Fish Tackle Box like this one. You can get all the start up basics, including Sinkers, Fishing Line plus a tackle box to store it in!

Where to find Live Bait

Many people love to fish with ordinary worms, crickets or night crawlers. Of course, you can go out and dig them up yourself. But if you prefer to buy them, they are available in most fishing supply stores (even Walmart!), gas stations or bait and tackle shops. You can expect to pay about $2-$3 for a small cup of live bait.


Do you enjoy going fishing? Got any favorite pieces of equipment that you depend on? I’d love to hear from you!

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