Freshwater Angling Guide

Freshwater angling guides are outdoor adventure guides who organize and conduct fishing expeditions. They can either operate their own small businesses or work for adventure tourism companies, resorts, parks, lodges, or campgrounds. They might take clients for a day trip or for longer expeditions.


  • Guide clients to designated areas
  • Create positive client relations
  • Assemble necessary equipment and supplies
  • Set up and break camp
  • Prepare and/or serve meals 
  • Instruct and demonstrate fishing skills and techniques 
  • Respect and maintain environment


Fishing experience and knowledge is required. Knowledge of the terrain, environment, and local area in which the guide is to travel and fish is important. Physical ability is important, as is an ability to get along and work well with others. Organizational and leadership skills are required, as are excellent communication and instruction skills. Knowledge of outdoor cooking skills is desired, as are customer relations skills, and equipment maintenance and repair skills. Relevant laws, safety, and emergency procedures are also important to know.


A secondary school diploma is usually preferred. Standard first aid and CPR are usually required. Knowledge of the National Occupational Standards for Freshwater Fishing Guide is an asset. Learn more about occupational standards, training, and certification on