Fishing reports typically explain the conditions for specific fisheries or waterways in regards to recreational angling for certain species of fish, such as water temperature, recent catches, successful lures and fishing patterns. They are issued by state agencies in charge of wildlife management or private fishing industry sources.
Typically the information for these reports is gathered by voluntary submission from fisherman or fishing industry providers, such as resorts, fishing guides, charter companies or marinas.
The reports are usually broken down by a specific lake, reservoir, river or coastal section. In cases of larger rivers and reservoirs, many times multiple reports are provided for different areas of the waterway. They usually list each species of game fish that are typically found in those waters and how many have been caught during the previous week.
If fish are caught, usually the report will include the type of lure or natural bait that has been the most successful, how deep the fish are, their relative position to structure landmarks or features of the fishery and any other techniques that may have been successful. Also, the best times of day or night, for fisherman to try their luck.
Many will include a summation or projection of what impending weather conditions may impact the fishing conditions.