Exactly What It Says on the Tin, a fishing episode will involve the protagonists going fishing.
The fishing trip will often be an excuse for a character to try and bond with their parents.
A variation of this episode may have a character trying to catch a legendary fish that nobody has been able to catch. They may eventually finally catch the fish, only to inevitably let it go.
Compare Fishing Minigame, for when this trope is used in video games, and Camping Episode, which revolves around another typical outdoor activity. In fact, it's not uncommon for people to go fishing while camping.
Also compare Heroes Gone Fishing, for when a hero goes fishing to take a break from crime-fighting by going fishing.
- Pokémon has three episodes centered around fishing:
- "Hook, Line, and Sinker" has Ash, Misty and Brock join in on the annual Seaking Catching Competition, which is entered also by Team Rocket, and the episode's featured trainer, Andreas.
- "A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition" has Team Rocket orchestrate a fake fishing competition, in which Cilan participates as a "fishing connoisseur", along with Bianca, who had never fished before.
- "Going For The Gold" involves Ash, Clemont, Bonnie and Serena going fishing to help a fisherman catch a Golden Magikarp.
- A Goofy Movie has Goofy and his son Max go on a fishing trip in an attempt to bond with him after Max gets in trouble at school.
- In the Dirty Bertie story "Fishy", Bertie and his father go fishing and, by coincidence, so do Nick (Bertie's rival) and his dad.
- In the A-plot of the Good Luck Charlie episode, "Teddy On Ice", the Wentz family invites Teddy to go ice fishing with them in a cabin in the mountains. Mr. Wentz is reluctant to let Teddy fish with his favorite fishing pole, Betsy, due to her accidentally destroying his old car, Gracie, in a previous episode, "Amazing Gracie". Sure enough, when Teddy tries to catch a fish, she accidentally drops Betsy into the water. Near the end of the episode, when Teddy accidentally falls into the water, she manages to catch the fish that swallowed Betsy. This redeems her in Mr. Wentz's eyes, and he invites her to come back next year, much to her horror.
- Jane the Virgin does this in a season 5 episode when Jason convinces Jane (who doesn't like it) to go fishing with him.
- In a Bert and Ernie sketch on Sesame Street, the two title characters go fishing. Ernie is able to catch fish easily with his fish call; whenever he says, "Here, Fishy, Fishy, Fishy!" really loudly, the fish jump into the boat. When Bert tries Ernie's fish call, he doesn't succeed at first, but eventually manages to yell it really loudly, and a shark jumps into the boat.
- In the SuperMarioLogan episode, "The Fishing Trip!", Bowser takes his son, Junior, on a fishing trip when he worries they don't spend any time together (after seeing an episode of Charleyyy and Friends where it is revealed that Charleyyy's Dad never played with him). Bowser also invites Mario and Jeffy to join him on the fishing trip. Unfortunately, they fish in shark-infested waters, and when Junior drops his fishing pole in the water and Bowser makes him get it, Junior gets attacked by a shark. Fortunately, Bowser saves Junior from the shark and congratulates Junior for catching his first fish. Mario, unfortunately, is not so lucky, as he gets eaten by a shark when Jeffy floats into the water on a monkey float.
- Code Name Kids Next Door: In the episode "OPERATION: O.O.M.P.P.A.H.", Numbuh One is forced to go on a fishing trip with his father.
- Dexter's Laboratory: In the episode "Catch of the Day" Dexter's dad tries to get him to go to a fishing trip with him.
- Futurama: The episode "The Deep South" kicks off with Hermes realizing that he accidentally filed for a mandatory fishing license instead of a pet license for Nibbler. The entire Planet Express crew goes out to sea for a fishing trip, with the delivery crew having varying degrees of success. Most of the rest of the episode is about what happens after a whale drags the Planet Express ship underwater.
- Gravity Falls: "The Legend of the Gobblewonker", in which Dipper, Mable and Soos try to capture photographic evidence of a lake monster.
- Hey Arnold!: "Fishing Trip", in which Arnold and Gerald try to find a fish his grandfather tried to catch years ago but wind up letting it go.
- The 90s Mr. Men cartoon episode "Mr. Nosey Goes Fishing" involves Mr. Nosey following the rest of the Mr. Men and Little Miss when they go on a fishing trip and ends up paying for his nosiness when he falls overboard and gets eaten by a shark.
- Rocko's Modern Life: The episode "Fish-n-Chumps" has Rocko, Heffer and Filburt going fishing, only to discover that the fish are fishing for them.
- In the Rugrats episode, "In the Naval", Stu, Drew, and Lou take Tommy, Chuckie, and Angelica on a trip in a fishing boat. While Stu and Drew get into a competition on who can catch the bigger fish, Angelica takes her Cynthia doll water skiing, getting it eaten by a swordfish as a result. Inspired by a story Lou told them about how he was rescued by the Navy Seals, Tommy and Chuckie try to help Angelica get Cynthia back. At the end of the episode, Lou catches the swordfish that swallowed Cynthia.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
- A variant in the episode "Hooky". As the cast of the show are sea creatures, it's the fishermen on the surface of the water who do the fishing. Mr. Krabs warns everyone in the Krusty Krab, including SpongeBob, about the dangers of fishing hooks. Patrick, however, mistakes the fishing hooks for a carnival and convinces SpongeBob to play on them with him. When Mr. Krabs catches SpongeBob and Patrick playing on the fish hooks, he, with the help of Squidward, decides to teach them a lesson they won't soon forget.
- Another example is the episode "Clams", in which Mr. Krabs takes Spongebob and Squidward clam fishing as a reward for helping him make his 1 Millionth dollar. Mr. Krabs' dollar gets eaten by a giant clam, meaning that he, SpongeBob, and Squidward won't be going home until they get it back.
- In the The Simpsons episode, "War of the Simpsons", after Homer embarrasses Marge at a house party she throws, Marge signs up for a weekend retreat of marriage counseling hosted by Reverend Lovejoy and Helen at Catfish Lake. When Homer finds out, he is interested in going as well, but for the sole purpose of trying to catch the legendary catfish, General Sherman. After quite the battle, Homer finally catches General Sherman, but when Marge finds out, she is not happy about it at all. Just to prove to Marge that he does value her happiness over fishing, he lets General Sherman (who is still alive) go, and they return home.
- In the Thomas the Tank Engine episode, "Thomas Goes Fishing", Thomas wishes that he could go fishing when he sees people fishing at the river. He gets his wish when one day, a water tower is out of order, and his crew gather water from the river with a leaky bucket. Unfortunately, because they also caught some fish in their bucket, the fish make their way into Thomas' water tank, causing Thomas' boiler to overheat. Thomas' crew and Sir Topham Hatt catch all the fish in Thomas' tank and have a lovely supper of fish and chips. It is at this point that Thomas vows never to go fishing again.