Best Fishing TV Shows

Alright, you’ve been out fishing and you’ve caught your dream fish (or maybe not, it’s an ongoing journey). Now what?

Maybe you need to soak up some A/C and relax, but how do you relax without fishing? Obviously, plug the lovely picture box into the wall and watch some TV about fishing! That’s what television was invented for, am I right?

No matter what your favorite platform is, there are plenty of TV and internet shows that you can watch. Rejoice, streaming and cable watchers! You’ll have enough options to binge watch until you’ve restored enough strength for your next fishing trip.

Wicked Tuna

This is a big one for the locals in Massachusetts. Wicked Tuna is based on the beautiful waters of Gloucester, Massachusetts, as several sets of fishermen set out to catch giant bluefin tuna. Needless to say, that’s a lot easier said than done. That is because these men are professional commercial fishermen, meaning that they can’t just catch one snap and be on their merry way. Instead, they have people to feed (we’re the people) and money to make!

As an added challenge, bluefin tuna populations are dwindling and fishing seasons are getting shorter. Consequently, these guys have to catch a lot of fish quickly if they want to stay in the game. How do they do it? Well, there is only one way to find out! This National Geographic television series is on its eighth season, jumping between the same set of captains and their crews throughout each season.

Carl and Alex Fishing

Familial love for fishing meets YouTube. Carl and Alex are the brothers every fisherman wishes he had.  So, if your brother is a lawyer and only talks about how to properly pleat dress slacks, just replace him with these two. What’s more, this is a YouTube channel, meaning that you’ll only need an internet connection to watch these guys.

Carl and Alex Fishing consists of these two brothers traveling to different countries and sharing their experiences in each of them. Generally, the episodes in this series vary from 10 minutes to over an hour long, so you’ll be able to get your fix no matter how much time you have on your hands.

River Monsters

The boogie man isn’t the only thing that goes bump in the night. All in all, River Monsters is for the thrill seekers out there. Inspired by the tales told by local fishermen around the world, angler Jeremy Wade sets out to hunt the most dangerous freshwater fish. And that’s not just a good hook, these creatures can actually kill you. What a thrill!

River Monsters ran for eight years, but the stories of some of these suckers will last a lifetime. You can catch the repeats on Animal Planet or stream some of the seasons on Hulu.

Major League Fishing

Major League Fishing is a competitive bass fishing league with a show of the same name. Overall, the Major League Fishing TV series is available on the Outdoor Channel, Discovery Channel and the World Fishing Network. If you love a good competition, then this show is definitely the one for you.

The Major League Fishing series follows anglers competing on this league, focusing on their strategies, struggles, conflicts and emotions. It’s a nice way to see the “faces behind the catches,” if you will.

Fish Mavericks

Reality television got way better in 2014, with the premiere of Fish Mavericks. This show follows five guys from New Jersey and Virginia as they travel to new locations to experience the culture, fish and tournaments there. Each of the three existing seasons has 12 episodes that take you on a new journey.

It’s always entertaining and a great learning lesson to see these guys go from being on a boat to docking for fresh experiences in a new city. You can keep up with the Fish Mavericks adventures on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service.

Deadliest Catch

Deadliest Catch is sort of like Wicked Tuna, but it focuses on Alaska king crab instead. All in all, this means longer trips, rougher waters, bigger boats and gnarlier stories. If you thought your job was hard, think again! These crews brave through some of the toughest natural conditions and rough waters, sometimes working days on end to catch king crab.

Because Deadliest Catch has been on TV since 2005, you have a lot of seasons to catch up on. Also, even if you have been keeping up, it’s always fun to watch some of the older episodes again.


Back at it again with the televised competitive fishing! Netflix’s Battlefish chronicles the experiences of fishing crews on the Oregon coast. Just like Wicked Tuna and Deadliest Catch, Battlefish follows the struggles and triumphs that take place on these boats during a given fishing season.

Battlefish is a great choice for those of you who don’t like watching stuff that looks too old. This Netflix fishing show debuted in September of 2018, meaning that it is still fairly new. Here’s to hoping that they greenlight more seasons in the future!

Fishing University

Fishing University is the trademark “how-to” fishing TV show. After all, if you want advice from the experts, you may as well watch and listen to the experts. That’s not rocket science, is it?

The hosts of Fishing University are Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier. Together, these guys have 60 years’ worth of fishing experience. Needless to say, they have both made a name for themselves as professional anglers.

We promise that getting schooled by these guys is nothing like having to go to school. Fishing University airs on the Outdoor Channel and the World Fishing Network.

Fishing with Ladin: Fly Fishing

Fishing with Ladin: Fly Fishing is a TV show made for fishermen, and by a fisherman! Ladin Langemen and Steve Ronholt are Washington natives who have been fishing for over 40 years.

On the show, they travel around North America and expose their audiences to the ins and outs of fly fishing, which is a popular angling technique that certain fishermen aren’t too familiar with. Given that they actually have a background in teaching, these guys are pretty great at sharing their knowledge and providing helpful tips.

Because Ladin Langemen and Steve Ronholt film, edit and produce this TV show themselves, it’s got a real air of authenticity. Without a doubt, Fishing with Ladin is a great choice for those who are really eager to learn. You can stream this series on Amazon Prime Video.

Bill Dance Outdoors

If you’ve had an interest in fishing ever since you were a child, you might already know about good ole’ Bill. This guy has been pioneering fishing TV since the 1960s! Bill’s overall mission has been to educate audiences about fishing, sharing some of his favorite tips and tricks.

Like every good fisherman, Bill knows that it isn’t about what you catch, but how you get there. Without a doubt, that is what makes Bill Dance Outdoors a great choice for anyone feeling those warm and fuzzy feelings. What’s that called? Nostalgia!