Approximately one-half of the anglers in the US fish from the bank or shore. It can be very effective, depending on the location chosen.
Bank fishing areas are often developed as part of boat-launch facilities, and often are easily located by a simple search of the Internet.
State agencies, state and county park departments and other lake owners often provide access for bank fishing. In some cases the entire lake or reservoir shoreline is open for bank fishing, while in others only a portion of the shoreline is open. Developed areas for bank fishing often have mowed, grassy areas to help anglers, and may be constructed near other facilities such as picnic areas, playgrounds and restrooms.
Other bank fishing areas have been created by anglers and have developed over time. These areas often are no more than a cleared area in the brush or a trail down to the water that anglers have used over time. They rarely have any other facilities associated with them. However, they may be located in prime locations that angers have discovered and continue to use.
Not all banks/shorelines are created equally when it comes to fishing. Anglers should still “read the water” to determine the best locations within a bank fishing area to actually fish. Finding structure, changes in habitat types, or changes in water depth can make a big difference in angler success.