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Survivalist Fishing: How to Catch Fish in a Survival Situation

  • Posted on Oct 17, 2018

Fish can be a terrific source of protein, vitamins and vital nutrients that we need for good health and to survive. When you find yourself in a survival situation or indeed are making plans and taking notes for your doomsday prep, knowing how to fish can be essential to your survival.

Useful Fishing Gear

If you’re thinking about your Dday prep and you’re looking to organize the best items to pack into your survivalist camps, then some dedicated fishing equipment could be a good idea. Having a fishing rod, several fishing lines, hooks and artificial bait can be really useful in a survival situation and can save you time compared to if you have to source some equipment from your environment.

However, even if you have no fishing rod, you can easily manufacture one using some fishing line attached to a tree branch, as long as you make sure the line is attached securely. To maximize your chances you could attach several lines to overhanging tree branches, hook your bait to the ends and, while you’re fishing nearby with your rod or makeshift rod, the tree could be doing some of the work for you.

Best Time to Fish

In many places fish can be found all year round. But the secret to finding them is knowing where they hide and feed during the various seasons or times of day.

Think about the temperature of the water. During the hot summer, fish will tend to be found in deeper, cooler areas of the water. In spring and fall, on the other hand, you might find them in shallower areas as they come close to the surface to feed. Winter time often sees them retreat to deeper areas as the surface temperature of the water drops.

During the evening and early morning during the spring and summer can be ideal for catching fish as this tends to be when they will feed.

Where to Fish 

Rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and off the coast can all be ideal places to fish. Some fish, like crappie and bass, tend to hide in areas of cover. So finding areas of brush or fallen trees can be a good place to start. Areas around piers or jetties can also be great hiding spots for fish.

If you’re able to craft a raft or use a kayak or canoe, you may be able to access areas of the water that you might not otherwise be able to access. This means you could potentially catch more fish. 

Cook your Catch

Whatever you catch, it is always a good idea to make sure it’s cooked thoroughly in order to kill any bacteria and make it safe to eat. Once you’re back at your survivalist camps, after a day of fishing, get your campfire up and running. One way to cook your fish is to get a plank of wood (or chop a log), add a little water to it to make sure it’s not too dry and then pin or tack your fish to the plank. Sit this at the of your fire, with your fish facing the flames. It may take a little time but eventually you should end up with cooked fish without having to turn it over.

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