Women Fishing

Gear, tactics, travel and more from the female angler’s perspective.

Women know the challenges of learning to fish and finding fishing buddies today, but what was it like in the 1950s, and why did three women decide to start the International Women’s Fishing Association way back then? Executive Editor Chris Woodward talks with current IWFA board members Connie O’Day and Lisa Everett about the group’s history as well as its 21st century mission.

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Welcome to a page dedicated to women anglers, curated by our female executive editor, Chris Woodward. Chris grew up fishing in Florida, and has spent the last 30 years as an outdoors editor. In her experience, fishing offers more than just a tale and some bragging rights. It brings with it — particularly for women — feelings of appreciation and a deeper connection to others and to the natural world.

Past Episodes


Tackle and Gear

Blossom fly

Effective Flies You Can Tie Fast

These simple flies save you time at the vise to quickly get you back on the water.

Shimano Pop-Orca

Six Great Topwater Lures

There’s nothing better than watching a fish slam a plug as it rips across the water’s surface.

YETI Panga 28L Waterproof Backpack

The Best Fishing Dry Bags

Salt water gets everywhere. And when it does, your gear gets clobbered. The answer is a dependable waterproof backpack.

Van Staal

The Making of a Modern Spinning Reel

Modern spinning reels pack space-age tech into a basic design pioneered in the early 1900s.

Simms BugStopper Leggings, BiComp Hoody

Spring Gear Guide for Women Anglers

Deck yourself out for the season or put these items on your Mother’s Day wish list.

Soft plastic

Hooks for Weedless Rigging Soft Plastics

Choosing the best hooks designed to keep you fishing soft baits in the weeds.


Women in the Sport

Marlin Ladies Team Competes in Grand Caribe Deep Sea Classic

The seventh-annual tournament attracts anglers from around the world.

Sailfish caught in Gautemala

Ladies-Only Marlin Expedition to Guatemala Rolls On

The third-annual fishing and learning experience lights up the sailfish bite.

Cindy Pease Roe with sculpture

On Board With: Cindy Pease Roe

Cindy Pease Roe is dedicated to improving the health of our oceans.

Lea Anne Powell record largemouth

Another World Record Bass Out of Texas

The 12-pounder caught by Lea Anne Powell would break IGFA's 12-pound line-class record.

Sarah Parvin with bluegill

On Board With: Sarah “The Closer” Parvin

Meet the coppernose bluegill expert.

Sailfish release

Best in Class from Ladies Only Guatemala

Fishing skills and friendships forged in an incredible experience.

How To

Georgia grass carp

The Top 5 Invasive Freshwater Fish to Catch

When fish are swimming in your home waters that aren't supposed to be there, what do you do? You go catch them!

low tide

How to Time the Tide Switch When Fishing

Making the most of the tide’s running-slack periods will up your game.

Snook on the hook

Five Gamefish That Are Tough to Fight Around Structure

The five fish mostly likely to break you off, and how to keep that from happening.

Boating in a storm

Planning and Preparing for Weather When Boating

Capt. Kelly J. Gordon shares how she plans and prepares for weather at sea.

Fishing under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Top Tips for Bridge Fishing

Pilings, rocks and current add up to great fishing. Just don’t get caught in the structure.

School of tuna

Tactics for Yellowfin Tuna

Even while targeting other species, it's not hard to add a few tuna to the fishbox.

Boats, Kayaks, Engines and Electronics

Six Affordable Satellite Communications Devices

Today's devices are portable and affordable.

Pathfinder 2400 Open

Boat Test: Pathfinder 2400 Open

The 2400 Open is packed with fishing amenities.

Seakeepr Ride system

Testing the Seakeeper Ride System

Ride automatically smooths out bumps and keeps your boat on an even keel.

How Much Fuel Capacity Do I Really Need?

Why boat captains should think more like airline pilots.

Grady-White 281 Coastal Explorer running offshore

Grady-White 281 Coastal Explorer

The 281 Coastal Explorer provides all the range most anglers will need.

Yamaha 450 HP Outboard XTO Engine

Yamaha Introduces 450 hp V-8 Outboard

Designed to replace the 425 in the Yamaha lineup, the 450 offers a host of upgrades.


Fishing Travel for Women

Striper chasing mullet

East Coast Fall Mullet Run

Silver mullet on the East Coast trigger fast fishing.

Large seatrout

A New Big Seatrout Hotspot

North Carolina and Virginia are producing surprising numbers of trophy trout.

Fishing trip to a far-flung destination

The Beauty of Fishing Trips

The best travel stories are the hardest ones to earn.

Silver salmon

Silver Salmon Fishing in Southeast Alaska

Silver salmon flourish in late summer in the rich waters of Southeast Alaska.

Illinois River smallmouth bass

A Float Trip for Smallmouths in Sooner Country

Oklahoma’s hidden gem provides exciting action for kayak and canoe anglers.

Spring Mullet Run in the Southeast Kicks off the Season

Annual mullet migration kicks action into high gear.

Seafood Recipes & Boat Drinks

A plate of pan-seared scallops next to seared fennel

Pan-Seared Scallops with Cumin and Roasted Fennel Recipe

A seafood taste sensation that's also easy to prepare.

Swordfish recipe

Block Island Swordfish Mango Tango

Pineapple and mango bring a Caribbean flair to this one.

A small glass of spicy mojito cocktail

Spicy Mojito Cocktail Recipe

A tantalizing tingler for your taste buds.

Tuna poke

Tuna Poke Tower Recipe

It's surprisingly easy to master this impressive technique.

Toasted wahoo sandwich

Toasty Wahoo Melts Recipe

A tasty treat made with fresh wahoo.

Tripletail crudo on a plate

Recipe: Tripletail Crudo

The preparation of tripletail makes for a light and refreshing meal.