I have to confess here and now that my brain doesn’t seem to be wired for grasping electronic games. Painting intricate watercolours, erecting tents, reading topographic maps, no problem at all, but ask me to get my head around sitting in front of a computer screen or other device and playing imaginary games and I freeze!

So, in the interests of putting together a shortlist of engaging and realistic online fishing games that are worthy of viewing, I’ve done a very basic straw poll amongst some ‘angling gamers’ I know and whittled the selection down to five of the best. I can’t vouch for them, the games that is, but they recommend these games as being challenging and great fun for anglers, young or old who can’t get out of the house or tent and actually go fishing for real, or simply for those that like to play online games, anywhere, anytime.

Let’s Fishlets fish

Let’s Fish is the most popular fishing game in the world, with realistic graphics and fishing action. There’s more than 40 different real-world locations, covering everything from Lake Baikal in Russia to the South Pole, and of course, right here in our own backyard. With 300 levels, and more than 400 fish species, you’ll love challenging your mates to see who the ‘ultimate angler’ is!

Online: http://lets-fish.com/

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/lets-fish/id768152194

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.tensquaregames.letsfish

Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/lets_fish/


Ace Fishing: Wild Catchace fish1

Visit spectacular locations and reel in monster fish with Ace Fishing: Wild Catch. You’ll be blown away by the awesome 3D graphics- the fish look like they’re about to jump through your screen! Best of all, you can compete in tournaments and find out how you stack up with the rest of the world!

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ace-fishing-wild-catch/id694972182?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.com2us.acefishing.normal.freefull.google.global.android.common&hl=en

Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/355005477910415/

Fishing Kings Free+king fish1

With missions and fishing spots all over the world, you can get right into the action with awesome features like the underwater camera. There are more than 30 species of fish to target, using a variety of gear and tactics, with controls designed to replicate real fishing. Make big catches and share them with your friends!

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/fishing-kings-free+/id433620759?mt=8

Android: http://www.gameloft.com/android-games/fishing-kings/

Fly Fishing 3D3d fish1                                

Flyfishing is as much about the scenery and atmosphere as it is about catching fish. Immerse yourself in flyfishing anywhere with Fly Fishing 3D. The free version has 3 levels, and the full version has 10m levels. Or, just sit back and have a ‘free fish’. With realistic river flow, casting action and fly choices, you’ll swear you’re really out on the water!

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/fly-fishing-3d-free/id382409780?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.pascal.flyfishing&hl=en


Fly Fishing Simulatorfly fish2

Another great game is the Fly Fishing Simulator. This feels extremely realistic, being a first-person simulation with live action footage. There are 165 fishing sites with realistic currents, fish behaviour and fights. Customize your fly to target a variety of different fish. This is more than just a game – it’s sure to help improve your fishing technique!

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pishtech.ffs&hl=en

TrueFishtru fish2

Travel Italy’s beautiful rivers, lakes and seas and catch more than 129 different fish species with TrueFish Lite. With variations in place, date, water, and of course, fishing gear, you’ll employ the same techniques you use in real life!


Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.truefish.lite


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