Please tell me the minimum set of things I need to buy if I want to catch a fish in a reservoir in Wisconsin?
I'm going camping next weekend at Governor Thompson State Park
and I'd like to try to fish while I'm there. I know which end of the rod I'm supposed to hold onto, but that's pretty much it, so I need help with preparation. I will have a canoe, but I also have a dog who hates canoes, so I expect to be mostly fishing from shore or standing around in the water. The park's website tells me that "The most popular fish seem to be blue gills, crappies, northern, and even some bass," so I guess I want to fish for those, or whichever of those is the tastiest.
1. What is the complete list of items I need to bring with me? (So far I have a fishing license, beer, and a can-do attitude.) 1b. If I go to Cabellas or somewhere similar, will they have a beginner's kit? If so, will it actually be complete or do some parts of it generally suck and need to be instantly augmented?
2. I needs worms, right? Or lures? both?
3. My understanding is that early morning is the best time for fishing. What about place? Is there some amount of water movement or foliage or rocks or something else I should look for?
4. The method is basically get the hook-end of the line into some bit of water that might have a fish and leave it there until you get bored or something starts tugging on the line, right? Then reel it in and pull the hook out of its mouth?
5. Say I catch a fish. How big does it have to be to be worth trying to eat?
6. What is the most humane way to kill the theoretical fish I catch (fast, I assume, but more specifically?)
7. Once dead, I need to get the guts out. In my imagination, I just slit the length of the belly and everything falls out, or maybe I have to run my finger through there. Am I imagining this right or am I going to end up with a mangled fish and pants covered in fish blood?
8. Can my dog safely eat the guts or do I need to keep her away from them? Other fish-dog interface suggestions?
9. Supposing I manage to catch a fish and remove the inedible parts, do you have preparation suggestions? Note that I will be bringing plenty of food and will not be relying on my fishing skills for survival here.
10. What are some things I should look up on the internet and take note of before leaving (I assume some kind of knot-tying or something would be useful)?
(past questions seem to be pretty trout-specific and I think there are no trout in this body of water and I'd need a special sticker to catch them even if there were, also questions about gutting and cooking seem to mostly not be addressed, but if I've missed a great thread, please point it out to me!)