Fishing (in/at)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Revans, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Revans

    Revans Senior Member

    Riga, Latvia
    Latvia, Latvian
    Hello!

    Do you use in or at, if you want say that you are fishing in/at (?) a river. For instance, I'm fishing in (or at) Mississippi river.
    I can't decide which one is correct.

    Thanks for your help :)
     
  2. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - England
    When I went fishing, I used to say on the Dwyfor.
     
  3. ribran

    ribran Senior Member

    Austin, Texas
    English - American
    I'm fishing in the Mississippi River.

    or even

    I'm fishing the Mississippi River.
     
  4. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - England
    Can't one also say I'm fishing on the Mississppi River, Ribran? There are millions (literally) of web quotes of that form.
     
  5. ribran

    ribran Senior Member

    Austin, Texas
    English - American
    Hi TT,

    I suppose... but I don't think I would say that.

    I think I would always use in ​here.
     
  6. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - England
    Has this anything to do with the fact that it's so enormous? Suppose the river were only six yards across; what would you say then? The Dwyfor is very small.
     
  7. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    I only fish on bodies of water when I'm in a boat.
     
  8. ribran

    ribran Senior Member

    Austin, Texas
    English - American
    I would still use in...
     

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