If you’re looking for another excuse to get out and go fishing, reducing stress and getting healthy are two very good ones. As many anglers already know, fishing is a great way to get away from the stress of everyday life and live in the moment. These factors, along with several others, make fishing an excellent activity to improve your mental health.

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays an important role in strengthening the immune system and stimulates genes that release neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. So when you’re out casting on any given day, you’re not only catching fish
(hopefully), but also catching rays. Even on cloudy days sun can make it’s way through the clouds to boost your mood.

Living in the Moment

It’s easy to get caught up in all the little things and not see what’s around you. Fishing helps keep you focused on the job at hand and your surroundings. By thinking about the water temperature, what fish are biting, what bait to use and taking a moment to appreciate the peace of being outside, fishing can help pull you back into the moment.


Although fishing isn’t known for being a particularly strenuous sport, it does include movements like wading, paddling, and casting along with the occasional battle with a monster fish that will get the blood pumping. Just a little exercise can have huge benefits for mental health. The endorphins released during even moderate exercise can decrease feelings of depression and act as a natural stress and pain reliever.

Time Outdoors

Along with vitamin D, simply spending time outside improves mental health. According to Time.com a study done by the University of Alabama at Birmingham showed that spending just 20 minutes in a park can improve life satisfaction and mood. The study measured well-being on a scale of up to 55. By the end of the study, the average well-being score rose from 37 to 39.

So go head and take that extra time to get out and fish. You may or may not come home with dinner, but you will come home feeling more stress-free and happier. And that’s what it’s all about.

If you’re in need of a new spot, or simply look for a new fishing adventure to inspire you, Fishidy can help. Check out our maps to see what spots are in your area along with species and access information.