What You Need for Fishing from a Paddle Board

If you’re visiting Mammoth Lakes, then you’re doing so to get outside and enjoy the pristine Sierra wilderness that we’re lucky enough to call home.

In summer, that means fishing for many people, but many of the lakes in Mammoth Lakes are too small for boats or are simply inaccessible to boats. In that case, fishing from a paddle board is the perfect option.

If you’re considering fishing from a paddle board then you probably already know enough about fishing and the gear you need to fish. That’s why we’ve written a short guide specifically for the gear you need for fishing from a paddle board here!

Read all about it below, then visit ASO Mammoth for the best outdoor gear and rentals in Mammoth Lakes! 

An Inflatable Board for Easier Access

Even with modern materials, paddle boards are large and difficult to maneuver away from the water. They’re especially difficult to handle when you’re walking on uneven ground like you’ll find near the lakes in Mammoth.

That’s why an inflatable paddle board is ideal for fishing.

If you’re looking to pick up fishing from a paddle board, then invest in an inflatable paddle board as a first step.

An Anchor

Even when fishing from a boat, you have to worry about where the wind and currents push you. It’s especially important to be aware of drifting while you’re fishing from a paddle board since it takes more effort to push yourself away from obstructions with a paddle than it does to simply turn on an engine.

Fortunately, there are many options for paddle board anchors so that you can find the right price and weight for your next paddle boarding trip!


A PFD, or personal flotation device, is important for any activity on the water. They’re especially important for fishing from a paddle board since you’ll likely be in a remote area and away from people when you do it.

No matter how comfortable you are around water, always have a PFD with you while fishing from a paddle board.

An Ankle Leash 

Just like with a regular surfboard, ankle leashes are an important safety measure to make sure you don’t end up in open water and away from your board. Most paddle boards will come with a leash, but if yours does not then buy one before your first trip on the water.

A Rod Holder and Paddle Holder

Although paddle boards and fishing go well together, it’s difficult to do both at the same time. Unless, you have a rod holder and paddle holder.

A rod holder will allow you to store your rod as well as trail a line while paddling and a paddle holder will help make sure you’re not stranded on the water after losing your paddle. 

Sun Protection

Lastly, being out in the sun takes a toll on our skin, and when it’s hot and you’re at elevation dehydration is a serious threat. That threat is doubled by the reflection of the sunlight on the water, so bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water for your next paddle boarding trip.