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 Survival fishing is an essential skill for anyone interested in outdoor survival, allowing individuals to procure food in wilderness situations. Here are key aspects of survival fishing, including techniques, tools, and tips:


  1. Hand Fishing (Noodling):

    • Catching fish using your hands, typically practiced in shallow waters. Requires knowledge of fish habitats and a cautious approach to avoid potential hazards like sharp rocks or snapping turtles.
  2. Spearfishing:

    • Using a spear or improvised stick to catch fish. This method requires patience and precision, as well as clear water to see the fish.
  3. Fishing Lines and Hooks:

    • Creating makeshift fishing lines and hooks from available materials. Hooks can be fashioned from safety pins, bones, thorns, or other sharp objects.
  4. Traps and Weirs:

    • Constructing fish traps or weirs from natural materials like sticks, stones, and vines to capture fish passively. These methods are effective but require time and knowledge of fish behavior.
  5. Netting:

    • Using nets to catch fish. In survival situations, nets can be made from clothing or other fabric materials. This method can catch multiple fish at once but requires materials and time to set up.


  1. Fishing Line and Hooks:

    • Carrying a small fishing kit with lines, hooks, and sinkers is ideal. In a pinch, lines can be made from paracord, shoelaces, or thread.
  2. Improvised Hooks:

    • Crafting hooks from bones, thorns, or small metal objects. Sharpening these to a fine point increases their effectiveness.
  3. Nets:

    • A survival net can be fashioned from strong fabrics, paracord, or even plant fibers. Nets can be used for catching fish or other small aquatic creatures.
  4. Spears:

    • A sharpened stick or a spear made from available materials can be effective for spearfishing. Adding barbs to the spear increases its ability to hold onto fish.
  5. Traps and Weirs:

    • Constructing fish traps or weirs from branches, stones, and vines can be effective for passive fishing.


  1. Location:

    • Look for signs of fish activity such as ripples, splashes, or birds diving into the water. Shallow, slow-moving waters with vegetation are often good spots for fishing.
  2. Bait:

    • Use natural baits like worms, insects, or small pieces of fish. Bait can attract fish to your hook, trap, or net.
  3. Stealth:

    • Move slowly and quietly to avoid scaring fish away. Fish are sensitive to vibrations and sudden movements.
  4. Patience:

    • Fishing requires patience. It may take time for fish to be attracted to your bait or trap.
  5. Safety:

    • Be cautious when fishing, especially in unknown waters. Watch for sharp rocks, slippery surfaces, and potential predators.

Having a well-rounded understanding of survival fishing techniques and carrying a few essential tools can significantly increase your chances of procuring food in a wilderness survival situation.

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