What Do I Need to Take on a Fishing Trip?

You don’t want to be caught out on the lake on your fishing trip without the proper gear and equipment. The right items will ensure you’ve outfitted yourself with what you need for a successful venture out on the lake. Here are a few things you won’t want to leave behind on your next fishing adventure, brought to you by the knowledgeable staff at ASO Mammoth, your one-stop shop for all the equipment you need, whether it’s fishing tackle, mountain biking accessories, or Mammoth snowboard rentals.

Appropriate Clothing

The weather forecast and location of your fishing destination will dictate the type of clothing you need to pack. If traveling during the cooler months, make sure to bring along a solid rain jacket, insulated hat and gloves, synthetic undergarments, and wool socks. When fishing in warmer temperatures, bring sun-protective clothing, a sun hat, bandana, and water shoes or sandals. Packing clothing that allows you to layer is the best way to prepare for unpredictable weather. Especially when fishing in the mountains at any time of the year, you’ll want to be ready to face a variety of weather conditions.

Personal Items

There are a number of personal items you’ll want to make sure to stock up on before you take off on your trip. An abundance of sunscreen is recommended, especially if you’re fishing in a sunny climate. Insect repellent will also be put to good use if you’re fishing in a swampy or wooded area. It’s also a good idea to bring a first aid kit. You never know when you’ll have a minor medical emergency, and you need to be prepared for the unpredictability of nature.


In addition to the fishing poles you’ll obviously need, make sure your tackle box is filled with the right equipment. You can never have too much extra line or too many hooks. Bobbers, floaters, and sinkers in a variety of sizes and styles are invaluable additions to your tackle box. A stash of lures is a good idea if your standard hook and bait aren’t doing the job. A pair of needle nose pliers and a line cutter can help you finish the job once your fish is on the hook.


The bait you need is largely determined by the type of fish you’re hoping to reel in. When fishing in the freshwater lakes of Mammoth Lakes, bring along a variety of worms, minnows, leeches, and insects. Prepared dough balls also make ideal bait for lakes because their portability and durability make them easy to transport. If you’re looking to reel in freshwater bottom-feeders such as catfish, make sure to pack along some cut-up bait fish.

If you’re on your way to gorgeous Mammoth Lakes to do some freshwater fishing, don’t forget to stop in and see the friendly folks at ASO Mammoth. Whether they need fishing equipment, mountain biking gear, or top-quality ski rentals, Mammoth visitors will find everything they need at our shop. Drop by on your way to the mountain or give us a call at 760-965-3444.

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