Day On The Lake Essentials

Friends, food and fun on the water are part of this list of essentials for a day of fishing


When you’re gearing up for a day on the lake, preparedness is key.
Here’s our list of lake day essentials for a great day on the water. Friends, food and fun on the water are part of this list of essentials for a day of fishing:

1. Bring Your Family & Friends

A day on the lake isn’t the same without the people around you. Whether you’re grabbing a few friends and getting out on the water, or planning a family getaway, the people around you are what make the memories.


2. Grab Your Fishing Gear

Don’t forget your freshwater fishing gear. Rods, reels and lures are integral to a good day on the water. Whatever freshwater fishing species you are targeting, make sure you have the right gear to catch them.


3. Catch, Photo & Release

A few simple tips on catch and release go a long way. Once you’ve hooked a big one, handle it with care. Always hold it horizontally when possible and keep the fish wet. Take a few quick photos and place the fish gently back in the water in the direction of the current, taking a few moments to revive the fish if necessary. Small steps like this ensure the health of your fishery for years to come. 


4. Wear Protective Clothing

Long days on the water call for sun protection clothing that’s up to the task. It’s important to keep the whole family protected from the sun during long days on the water. AFTCO’s performance fishing apparel is designed to keep the sun’s harmful rays at bay so you can enjoy your time on the water.


5. Don’t Forget Your Cookout Supplies

There’s nothing like transitioning from a lake day to an evening around a campfire cookout. Whether you break out the grill or plan a family picnic, time spent prepping and sharing a meal is the perfect way to unwind after a full day on the lake.  


6. Leave It Better Than You Found It

Protecting and caring for the places we’re passionate about is essential, and it starts with simple actions. Pick up plastic or trash on the banks and in the water. Make sure all your gear, food and trash gets thrown out or taken home with you. It’s the little things that make the biggest impact.

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