Mammoth Lakes has earned a reputation as one of the most challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable fishing destinations in the West. If you already have plans to cast your line in an area sprinkled with beautiful, regularly stocked lakes, you may be wondering what to do about the gear you’ll need. Below, the friendly folks from ASO Mammoth, your one-stop shop for everything from fishing equipment and licenses to Mammoth bike rentals, explore the topic of whether or not to rent fishing gear when you come to Mammoth Lakes.
Take Stock of Any Fishing Gear You May Already Have
Whether you’re a regular or occasional angler, there’s a good chance you already have some fishing gear stashed away. If this is the case, determine if you’ll need to rent anything once you get to Mammoth Lakes by checking out what you already have. Pay particular attention to:
• The overall condition of your gear
• What you need to stock up on in your tackle box
• How many people are coming with you
Renting gives you an opportunity to quickly get extra gear if you don’t have enough for everyone who’s coming with you. And you’ll be able to easily fill any gaps in your gear by renting without having to make purchases. Plus, many popular fishing spots here—especially the four lakes within the Mammoth Lakes Basin—have bait and similar accessories you’ll typically need to buy.
Know How You’ll Plan to Fish
There are plenty of ways to fish in Mammoth Lakes. You can find a cozy spot on the shore, rent a boat and fish in the middle of one of the lakes, or perch yourself on a dock. Also, it’s not unusual to find trophy-sized trout in the popular lakes in the Mammoth area. Therefore, it can be helpful to make sure you have a rod that can handle larger fish. By renting, you can quickly switch to a stronger rod or get any accessories you might need for your preferred fishing location.
Consider How Much Room You’ll Have for Fishing Gear
Renting fishing gear when you get to Mammoth Lakes also eliminates the need to find room to pack up and transport your gear. This can be especially appealing if you’ll be flying here or taking a long drive in a car that will already be packed with other people and things. In fact, you can come here with absolutely no fishing gear at all and easily rent what you’ll need.
Don’t Forget Your License
To fish in Mono County, both locals and visitors 16 years of age and older must have licenses. If you only have plans for weekend fishing trips here a few times during the fishing season, which runs from the end of April through mid-November, you may prefer a one- or two-day fishing license, which can be purchased online. Visit the Department of Fish & Wildlife website for more information.
If you want to experience some of the best fishing in the state, come to beautiful Mammoth Lakes. No matter which sport brings you to Mammoth, stop by and see the knowledgeable staff at ASO Mammoth. Whether they need fishing gear, hiking equipment, or high-quality family bike rentals, Mammoth visitors can find everything they need at our shop. Drop by on your way to the lakes or give us a call at 760-965-3444.
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