I fished for a large portion of my life standing in a bass boat or prowling a bank up-right and on two legs. But for the past 10 years or so this became impossible, and I was limited to a scooter or wheelchair. This reduced good fishing water for me drastically. Getting a wheelchair through thick brush or soggy bogs wasn't an option. I can still be placed in a boat seat, but it is still not what it once was. As this transition took place I had to become ever creative in finding good areas to pursue my passion of fishing. I hope my trial and error will help you out in giving you some prime destinations you can try too!
State Parks can be a wonderful option. State Parks are usually located on some of the best waters in the country and many times will have a wheelchair accessible fishing area. Guides who are associated with these bodies of water are typically very accommodating in assisting people with special physical limitations to get out there and chase their passion. I have also noticed that many of these parks' waterside areas are kept fairly clean in there grooming of lawns and such so that someone in a wheelchair can access the water. An examples of this is Lake Fork in Texas which is world renowned for being a big bass lake. It has a park on it with an accessible fishing pier. The lake also has a plethora of guides to contact and work out any details you may require to fish from a boat if that is still an option for you.
As we wrap up this week's article, I wanted to touch on the obvious locations for fishing from a wheelchair - a farm pond is hard to beat! If you know someone with a farm pond, there is a great chance they will let you fish it by asking first. I simply cannot over-state this fact: People are usually very generous and will accommodate others who are physically challenged with what God has blessed them with so long as those folks are polite, courteous and willing to follow the rules as laid out by the property owner or manager.
As always, I hope this will help you get out there and enjoy the creation a little more. Here is a bit of a teaser. I will begin writing on hunting tips starting in August so stay tuned in for that! Happy 4th of July to you and yours!
- Scott Anderson