Can fishing be classified as exercise? Fishing will help you stay active and healthy and is a perfect activity to help calm your mind, stay relaxed and relieve stress. Fishing is definitely exercise. But it all depends on the effort you put into it and what type of fishing you are doing.
Stream fishing involves a lot of hiking and climbing along the edges of the stream just to get to the water where the fish are. The water resistant you get from wade fishing will work your core to help you stay fit.