Obtain local fishing reports from the appropriate state's fish and wildlife office or from a local fisher who posts reports online, according to Take Me Fishing. Some states refer to the agency as parks and wildlife or natural resources.
Each state's fish and wildlife website provides weekly short condition summaries of its freshwater fisheries. These reports include water conditions, levels and temperatures, fish caught regularly, whether they responded best to rig, jig or bait, and bait type, if applicable, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Local fishers provide intermittent updates on specific coastal and freshwater fishing locations nearby. Information in these reports varies. Take Me Fishing links to each state's fishery agency and select local fishers. Local fishers' reports cover fresh water, salt water and ice fishing. These reports include video clips, photos, record catches and fishing information similar to that provided in the state agency reports. For example, South Carolina's salt water fishing report from Barrier Island Guide Service updates intermittently with video and photos for three areas, while California's Bayside Marine provides near daily salt water fishing updates for Santa Cruz with text reports of weather and water conditions, the types of fish frequently caught that day and periodic photos of record catches.