They say that the worst day of fishing is better than the best day at work. Some people have awesome jobs, but fishing is always fun. Technology has ruined a lot of previously fun activities. Thankfully, fishing isn’t one of those activities. Your phone can’t cast, troll, or catch fish for you. However, it can help with some stuff. Here are the best fishing apps for Android!
The best fishing apps for Android
Price: Free / $1.99
1Weather is one of the most popular weather apps on mobile. It’s also one of the better fishing apps. It’s a great app to check the 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. It’s not always 100% accurate, though. All of the app’s many features are free with advertising. A single $1.99 purchase removes the ads. There are other weather apps that are fantastic as well. However, this one strikes an excellent balance between good features and simplicity.
Angler’s Log is one of the newer fishing apps. It’s a simple fishing log. It lets you record your catches, the bait you used, and the location of your catches. That way you know what works 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’s a newer app. That means there are some 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 more powerful fishing apps. The app mainly records your catches, bait used, and location. However, it also shows you what other anglers caught and used in similar locations. The app covers over 130 species of fish, includes a friend system, and even includes things like tips and tricks. It’s a good place for discussions about the best bait to use and there are even some forecast and calendar features. Many parts of the app are free. However, you need a subscription if you want every feature in the app. Thankfully, it’s not too expensive, but we’d only recommend it to serious angler’s who use the app a lot.
Fishing Points is a good all-around fishing app. The app has some pretty decent features. That includes a GPS for finding your favorite fishing spots. Some other features include a fishing log, Google Maps integration, an offline mode (with NOAA nautical charts), a compass, and more. It even has information on things like popular feeding times for fish, sunrise and sunset times, and moon phases. This one also includes a subscription price. It’s much cheaper than some others. On the downside, you have to pay the maximum price ($9.99 per year) to get the cool stuff like offline nautical maps.
Price: Free / $5.99-$19.99
HuntStand is technically a hunting app. It’s still one of the better fishing apps, though. The app lets you create hunting areas. It uses public records to show borders and parcels. That way you don’t end up on someone else’s property. It’s an excellent way to mark spots where you intend on hunting or fishing, although the tools are mostly for hunting. There are two subscription options. The first just removes ads for a year. The second gives you unlimited parcel checks. We would only recommend the second one to extremely active people who go a lot of different places.
Google Maps is easily one of the best apps for anglers. It’s a seriously good (and updated) source of public parks and similar spots for fishing. Additionally, it’s a good app for finding bait shops, fishing stores, and sporting goods stores with supplies you might need. You have to find the local or hidden spots on your own. However, Google Maps is the gold standard for basically 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 an excellent resource for basically everything. For fishing, there are tons of creators and channels with information. That includes knot tying tutorials, tips and tricks for certain types of fish, and there is even some entertainment value there. Who doesn’t love a good video of someone falling out of a boat? It may take a bit to find the serious fishing YouTubers, but they definitely exist. YouTube is free for its basic set of features. The $12.99 per month subscription for YouTube Premium includes background play, video downloads for offline viewing (excellent for knot tying videos), and an ad-free experience.
There are plenty of fishing stores and sporting goods stores with apps. You usually want to buy gear in person. That way you can see it for yourself and play with it first. However, the apps provide a good way to browse for gear, order stuff that might not be available in stores, and save ideas for future purchases. Plus, mobile apps usually offer coupons and deals exclusively for online customers. There are plenty of stores with apps. Some of them are good while others could use some work. Still, they’re good fishing apps.
Fishing licensing apps
A lot of states require a fishing license for anglers. Thankfully, a lot of those states have official apps for that kind of stuff now. Some even let you register and pay for the license right from the app. We haven’t found one that worked really well yet. However, most of them work well enough to get the job done. A few states in the US we found quickly were Missouri, Florida, Utah, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Georgia. You may have to search Google Play for your state. All of the apps are free to download. License costs may vary, though. Also, be aware that some state apps work better than others.
Fishing equipment apps
Price: Free apps / Hardware costs money
Technology can improve your fishing experience. There are Bluetooth fish finders and similar pieces of high-tech gear that help make some elements of fishing easier. Those things usually come with their own apps that we recommend you use. That way you can use your phone to control the fish finder or whatever smart gadget you take along for the trip. There is even an underwater drone, but it costs $1500 and we don’t recommend that. In any case, if you bought a smart fishing gadget recently, check to see if it has an app.
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