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WATERLINE - December, 2017

Fishing for your health in Washington

Based on an article by Jon Sutton of Outdoor Empire

fishing for your healthWhether you live in Washington or are just visiting, you’ll want to set aside some time for fishing. You’ll not only have a great time, but recent research shows that you’ll enjoy important health benefits too. Make sure you have all of the required licenses and permits, and get ready to try your hand at landing a few of Washington’s glorious gamefish.

Fishing can benefit your health in numerous ways:

1. Fishing boosts your mood.

Exposure to natural, unfiltered sunlight causes your body to release more serotonin – a chemical in the brain that provides a sense of well-being. The weather doesn’t need to be completely sunny for you to get this benefit – fishing on even a partly cloudy day will provide plenty of sun exposure. Just be sure to wear an appropriate sunscreen.

2. Fishing can help your body heal more quickly.

Scientists have known for decades that beautiful scenery helps speed healing. Plenty of prime fishing spots in Washington offer gorgeous views, like Pete Lake and the Skykomish River. Don’t you feel better already?

3. Fishing reduces your blood pressure.

High blood pressure is a serious – and common — medical condition, and one that often requires both medication and lifestyle changes to reduce risks. Fortunately, fishing can help, as most people experience a drop in blood pressure while hanging out in natural settings, like a trout-filled stream.

4. Fishing gives your lungs a breath of fresh air.

People who live in urban environments are often exposed to polluted air. Outdoor air pollution is a major health problem world-wide.  Fortunately, there is plenty of fresh, clean air surrounding most of Washington’s best fishing holes. Hanging out in one of these spots for a morning (or even better, a full day) will give your lungs a break.

5. Fish is a healthy protein.

Most anglers embrace catch-and-release fishing, but there are plenty of places in the state that will let you take home a fish or two for dinner. Follow all state and local rules, of course, but consider keeping the occasional fish in places where it is allowed. Fish provide lean protein, and many of our local species – especially salmon and most trout – are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.


To learn more about the health benefits of fishing, check out this article in Outdoor Empire. You’ll not only learn several other ways that fishing improves your health, but you’ll find out how to maximize the value of these benefits, too.