Best Fishing Books

We know what you are thinking, reading is the last thing you want to do. You would rather just get out on the water and catch that sucker- hook, line and sinker. But in fishing, you know that the early bird doesn’t always catch the worm. Thousands upon thousands of manuals, novels and guides have been written on fishing. There are some books that will help to develop your skills and show you tricks that will blow your mind. Take a day or two and read a book. You’ll be amazed what other fisherman can teach you. Better yet, bring the book with you to the water and read it where you find the most peace.

There is literally a book on every possible subject and for every level of fishing. Whether you are just starting out or if you have been at it your whole life, we have a list of recommendations that are sure to get your hook wet.

Best for Beginners

Fishing For Dummies

For beginners, we recommend Fishing for Dummies by Greg Schwipps and P. Kaminsky. The ‘Dummies’ series has been coaching millions of people on various activities and skills since 1991. The reviews have been outstanding. In less than 25 years, the series has seen more than 250 millions books printed, and the Fishing for Dummies book is one of the best.

Are you tired of fishing blindly, just hoping something will take a bite onto your hook? Pick up this book and your attitude will change. There is something for everyone in this book. It features the latest in line and equipment technology and the latest in high-tech fishing gadgets. If you aren’t a big fan of words, there are also full-color picture illustrations for the five year old in all of us. You can also learn the latest developments in casting.

Best of all, you won’t find any unfamiliar words in this book. The series uses only plain English in order to reach a wider audience. There are nearly 400 pages of valuable information. It really has everything, from equipment recommendations to where to go to find specific fish. This is a must have for fisherman of all ages and levels of experience.

The Fishing Bible

Total Fishing Manual

Another must have, Field & Stream thought of everything when they produced The Total Fishing Manual. This book reveals the best tools, techniques and tactics for catching the big one. It leaves no body of water uncovered, from smaller streams and ponds to much bigger lakes and oceans, you’ll be reeling in fish in no time. One of the greatest features of this book is the location-based guide. You’ll learn where certain fish hide out and you’ll learn where the best spots to drop your line are.

When it comes to gear, this book covers thousands of pieces that you might use on your next fishing outing. If tying knots is a hassle for you, then you will pick up new techniques and you will learn to love the art of tying flies. This book is designed for the serious angler and the hobbyist fisherman. The more than 250 pages include some of the best photographic illustrations.

Simply for Your Enjoyment

All Fishermen are Liars

Almost everyone will enjoy All Fisherman Are Liars by John Gierach. If you have read Gierach before, you already know he speaks the language of all fisherman. He will make you laugh out loud with his witty stories and well-written and very descriptive prose about adventures in fishing. If you are tired of reading guides then buy one of Gierach’s books. His books are also great for teaching life lessons. So take a trip with him to the Pacific Northwest. You will be glad you went along for the ride.


From simple leisurely reading to must have guides, there are thousands of books you can choose to improve your skill in the sport of fishing. The books reviewed in this article are three of the best fishing books for sale. Reading them can only help you improve your fishing game. And the better you get at fishing, the more you will enjoy it.