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Hello. When I say, "go fishing on the lake", does it mean that "go to the lake and get on a boat, and

fish on the lake"? Or it can be used like "fish on the lakeside"?

What I want to know is whether I need a boat or not.

Thank you.
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I don't think that you need a boat. You can do fishing without the boat.
My personal view is that you'd need a boat, but the statement is slightly ambiguous.

CJ
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Would go fishing at the lake make the meaning clearer, that no boat will be needed? Not sure whether it's idiomatic.
For example, when I say, "Let's go fishing in the rever.", my friends don't think we need a boat.

How about these?

1. Let's go fishing at the lake.

2. Let's go fishing on the lake.

Does 2 suggest we need a boat? Or are these the same?

Thank you.
Yes, go fishing at the lake makes the meaning clearer.
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Can one fish on the lake? The fish is obviously in the lake so should we not fish for it in the lake?
When someone go fishing shouldn't he be fishing for fish in an area where there is fish?

The fish is in the lake so he should fish for it in the lake.
When one goes fishing shouldn't one fish for fish in an area where there is fish?

The fish is in the lake so we should be fishing in the lake otherwise we will not be able to catch any fish.

Unless if there is fish beside the lake which is most unlikely.
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