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Country Songs About Fishing That Can Get Anglers Ready For A Day On The Water

  • Arden is a Senior Country Music Journalist for Country Thang Daily, specializing in classic hits and contemporary chart-toppers.
  • Prior to joining Country Thang Daily, Arden wrote for Billboard and People magazine, covering country music legends and emerging artists.
  • Arden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, with a minor in Music Studies.

For all the countrymen and women who love to drop a line from time to time – here’s some good news for you! We’ve made a list of country songs about fishing that will get you hooked from the get-go.

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From playful songs to serious ones, we have the perfect track for everyone. Check them out below!

1. “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” by Brad Paisley

Paisley definitely knows how to have fun, and it shows in his 2002 country No.1 hit “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” – which tells the tale of a man whose girl gave him an ultimatum: fishing or her. Well, Paisley’s choice was kind of obvious.

2. “Fishin’ in the Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

What’s even more romantic than a late-night fishing adventure wherein a full moon is present? This is what this song is all about, and it went straight to country fan’s hearts. “Fishin’ in the Dark” landed at the top of the charts and has since been covered by country giants like Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks.

3. “Just Fishin'” by Trace Adkins

It may sound like a redneck thing, but Adkins’ “Just Fishin'” actually delivers a sweet message of a doting father going fishing with his little girl.

Meanwhile, the country singer also revealed that he had taught his five daughters to fish, and every time he does, it was him who learned valuable lessons.

4. “Shut Up and Fish” by Maddie and Tae

If you think that two blond girls wouldn’t want anything about bait and tackle – well, Maddie and Tae will prove you wrong. In this contemporary honky-tonk song, the duo recalls a man’s poorly timed advances during a fishing trip – which they said happened in real life.

5. “Bad Day of Fishin'” by Billy Currington

Currington sings about the disastrous events that take place out on the water. Still, he chooses to see the silver linings – after all, the worst of circumstances while fishing beats a good day of anything else.

6. “Bait a Hook” by Justin Moore

Moore definitely got his message to his ex-girlfriend pretty clear, and that’s she made the biggest mistake of her life by leaving him for another man who can’t even bait a hook or skin a buck. He’s confident that fishing will be the best way to reel her love back into his arms.

7. “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” by Luke Bryan

What more could most country boys pray for? According to Bryan’s country hit “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” it’s never having to worry about the world – and there’s only one way to do that but to plop along on a fishing boat and just standby to hook all the catfish.

8. “The Five Pound Bass” by Robert Earl Keen

Inability to find and catch fish can be very frustrating, but Keen’s especially poignant ballad is here to give you the much-needed boost of confidence. After all, he does what he came to do – and that’s to catch a bass that’s as big as a baby.

9. “Fish” by Craig Campbell

What better way to impress the girl you like than to take her fishing? Well, that’s what Campbell believed, and we couldn’t agree more. However, this song actually comes with a double entendre. 

It is also accompanied by a music video with a guest appearance from World Fishing Network‘s TV presenter Mariko Izumi of the show Hooking Up With Mariko Izumi.

10. “Fish Weren’t Bitin'” by Craig Morgan

Though this was never released as a single, there’s a nice little catch to this song that tells about a young couple’s fishing trip on a quiet lake. Apparently, they were more interested in each other than the fish.

11. “More Time Fishin'” by Thomas Rhett

The song finds Rhett tired of wasting his time in traffic jams and dealing with his boss that he just wants to call in sick and spend more time fishing. He doesn’t care if he can’t catch a thing “as long as I catch a buzz and a tan.”

12. “Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson

Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a boat, a truck to pull it, and a chest full of beer – and that’s basically the same thing.

13. “Tackle Box” by Luke Bryan

The song was inspired by Bryan’s maternal grandfather’s tackle box, which he would always go through as a child.

14. “Mind on Fishin'” by Trace Adkins

The feel-good song tells the story of a Southern man who chooses to skip church on a Sunday just to go fishing. Well, it’s a struggle a lot of us have faced, especially on a chilly Sunday morning when the fish are biting.

15. “Crawdad Song” by George Jones

Several artists have recorded this Americana folk classic, including Woody Guthrie and Little Big Town. It simply tells about waiting on the dock of the creek until those wiggly fish come out of their holes.

Some More Country Songs About Fishing To Bring Fun In Your Next Adventure

Here are some more songs you can sing along with those river riffles.

  • “Fish and Whistle” by John Prine
  • “Catch All the Fish” by Brad Paisley
  • “I’ll Probably Be Out Fishin’” by Toby Keith
  • “If the Fish Don’t Bite” by Eric Paslay
  • “Boondocks” by Little Big Town
  • “It’s My Lazy Day” by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
  • “The River Just Knows” by Rodney Atkins
  • “Country State of Mind” by Hank Williams Jr.
  • “Country Boy” by Johnny Cash
  • “I’m A Fishin’ Man” by Johnny Horton

It’s amazing how simply playing music can help set the overall mood of your fishing session, and luckily there’s no shortage of country songs about fishing you can bring in your next adventure.

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