Our favorite fishing video games – Free and beyond

When the cold starts to set in, anglers typically resort to one of two habits. Either they unpack the shanty and start looking for ice, or if they start tying flies and making lures in preparation for the season ahead. While both are great options, there is another alternative that may help scratch that itch during the winter. Video games. I know, I know, you’re rolling your eyes.. but hear me out.

Fishing video games certainly don’t reach the top of the charts in popularity, but they can provide a fun escape when you are putting off shoveling the driveway for the third time in a day. If you have a gaming console or computer, there’s a fishing game calling your name. Even your android or iphone may be all you need to cast a line.

Our favorite Fishing Games

1. Fishing Planet

Fishing planet bills itself as the ultimate fishing simulator. Fishing Planet® is a unique and highly realistic online first-person multiplayer fishing simulator developed by avid fishing enthusiasts for anglers to bring you the full thrill of actual angling! Choose your lures, make your trophy catches and sharpen your real angling skills anywhere, anytime!

Cost: Free to play with the option to purchase additional add-ons
Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Classic Mac OS, Macintosh operating systems

2. Fishing Sim World Pro Tour

Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour features an authentic career mode where you work your way up to an elite angler competing against over 100 of the best anglers in the world across Bass, Carp and Predator fishing whilst unlocking sponsorship opportunities, gaining career earnings and social media followers as you go.

Available for: Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

3. Sega Bass Fishing

A retro re-release, Sega Bass Fishing may not be the most realistic, but it will certainly provide a touch of nostalgia to those who enjoyed it the first time around.

Available for: Wii, Dreamcast, Arcade game, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows

4. Let’s Fish

Let’s fish brings access to over 400 species to the palm of your hand. This game is free but as with most mobile games, it offers free in-app purchases.

Available for: iphone, Android, Amazon Kindle

5. Fly Fishing Simulator

Another mobile game, and our only Fly Fishing game on the list is Fly Fishing Simulator HD. This free game does a pretty good job of translating the complexities of fly fishing to your phone. Select your flies, perfect your drift and prepare to reel in a big one.

Available for: iphone, Android, Windows 8 and 10