They say the worst day of fishing is better than the best day of work. Some people have great jobs, but fishing is always fun. Technology has ruined many previously fun activities. Fortunately, fishing is not one of these activities. Your phone cannot throw, troll, or catch fish for you. However, it can help with some things. Here are the best fishing apps for Android!
Price: Free / $ 1.99
1Weather is one of the most popular weather apps on mobile. It is also one of the best fishing apps. It’s a great app for checking current weather, upcoming weather, and smaller things like sunrise and sunset times. After all, you want to make sure it stays cold enough for ice fishing or warm enough for regular fishing. The app includes a 12 week forecast. However, this is not always 100% accurate. All the many features of the app are free with advertising. A single purchase of $ 1.99 removes the ads. There are also other great weather apps. However, this one strikes a great balance between good functionality and simplicity.
Angler’s Log is one of the new fishing apps. It’s a simple fishing journal. It allows you to save your catches, the bait you used and the location of your catches. This way you know what is working and where. It also includes a map with your fishing spots, social media sharing and a gallery for your photos of the fish you caught. It is a newer application. This means that there are software bugs here and there. However, it’s completely free and it’s hard to complain too much about a free app.
Price: Free / $ 5.99 per month / $ 49.99 per year
Fishbrain is one of the most powerful fishing apps. The app mainly records your catches, bait used and location. However, it also shows you what other anglers have caught and used in similar places. The app covers over 130 species of fish, includes a friend system, and even includes things like tips and tricks. It’s a great place to discuss the best bait to use, and there are even prediction and calendar features. Many parts of the app are free. However, you need a subscription if you want all the functionality of the app. Fortunately, it’s not too expensive, but we only recommend it for serious anglers who use the app a lot.
Price: Free / $ 4.99 – $ 9.99 per year
Fishing Points is a good all-round fishing app. The app has some pretty decent features. This includes a GPS to find your favorite fishing spots. Some other features include a fishing log, Google Maps integration, offline mode (with NOAA nautical charts), compass, and more. It even has information on things like popular feeding times for fish, sunrise and sunset times, and moon phases. This also includes a subscription price. It is much cheaper than some others. On the other hand, you have to pay the maximum price ($ 9.99 per year) to get cool stuff like offline nautical charts.
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Price: Free / $ 5.99 – $ 19.99
HuntStand is technically a hunting app. However, it is still one of the best fishing apps. The application allows you to create hunting zones. It uses public records to display boundaries and parcels. This way you don’t end up on someone else’s property. This is a great way to mark places where you intend to hunt or fish, although the tools are primarily intended for hunting. There are two subscription options. The first one simply removes the ads for a year. The second gives you unlimited parcel checks. We would only recommend the latter to extremely active people who frequent many places.
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Google Maps is easily one of the best apps for anglers. It’s a seriously good (and updated) source of public parks and similar places for fishing. Plus, it’s a good app for finding bait shops, fishing tackle shops, and sporting goods stores with supplies you might need. You have to find the local or hidden places yourself. However, Google Maps is the gold standard for pretty much everything else. Plus, it’s free and it’s probably already installed on your Android phone anyway.
Price: Free / $ 12.99 per month
YouTube is a great resource for just about anything. For fishing, there are tons of creators and news channels. This includes knotting tutorials, tips and tricks for certain types of fish, and there’s even entertainment value there. Who doesn’t love a good video of someone falling off a boat? It might take a little while to find the serious fishing YouTubers, but they definitely exist. YouTube is free for its basic feature set. The $ 12.99 per month YouTube Premium subscription includes background playback, video downloads for offline viewing (great for tied videos), and an ad-free experience.
Fishing tackle stores
Price: Costs for free apps / equipment vary
There are a lot of fishing shops and some good sports shops with apps. You usually want to purchase materials in person. This way you can see it for yourself and play with it. However, apps provide a good way to find materials, order items that might not be available in stores, and save ideas for a future purchase. Additionally, mobile apps usually offer coupons and deals exclusively for online customers. There are many stores with apps. Some of these are good while others could use a little work. Still, these are good fishing apps.
Fishing license applications
Many states require a fishing license for anglers. Fortunately, many of these states now have official apps for this stuff. Some even allow you to register and pay for the license directly from the app. We have yet to find one that works really well. However, most of them work well enough to get the job done. A few US states that we quickly found were Missouri, Florida, Utah, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Georgia. You may need to search for your state on Google Play. All applications are free to download. License costs may vary, however. Also be aware that some report apps work better than others.
Fishing equipment applications
Price: Free apps / Hardware costs money
Technology can improve your fishing experience. There are bluetooth fish finders and similar high tech gear that make certain elements of fishing easier. These items usually come with their own apps that we recommend you use. This way, you can use your phone to control the fish finder or any other smart gadget you take with you on the trip. There’s even an underwater drone, but it costs $ 1,500 and we don’t recommend it. Either way, if you’ve recently purchased a smart fishing gadget, check if it has an app.
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