Fishing Guides

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Fishing Guides

Fishing Guides - Overview

Recreation guides organize and conduct hunting, fishing, rafting, or similar trips in scenic and wilderness areas.

Recreation guides are in charge of outdoor activities. They may lead outdoor trips where people are:

  • Camping
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Rafting

Some recreation guides lead rafting trips. Others operate aircraft, fishing boats, or snowmobiles. Others lead hunting parties or guide skiers or mountain climbers.

Before a trip, guides may contact clients to discuss the travel arrangements and answer questions. Guides arrange the transportation, equipment, and supplies to be used on outings.

Guides sell, rent, or provide their clients with supplies, clothing, and equipment suitable for the activity and weather. They adjust and demonstrate equipment. They teach clients techniques used in the sport. They also explain any rules and regulations that must be followed.

Recreation guides use their knowledge of the recreation area when planning trips. They determine the best routes and sites based on the interests and skill level of their clients. Guides usually do the paperwork if permits or licenses are required. They interpret the natural and cultural history of the area for their guests.

On the trip, recreation guides make sure that their customers are safe. They provide first aid to clients who become sick or injured. Guides set up camp, prepare all the food, and clean up after meals during overnight trips. They also repair damaged gear and care for pack animals. Hunting guides dress and prepare game animals for shipment.

Many recreation guides own their guiding business. They promote their business and keep track of all income and expenses.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.