It's fairly easy to catch fish, but hard to win tournaments. You can set the seasons, or use random settings. This game uses real fishing strategies. After you hook a fish, a play screen comes up, in real time, where you have to pull, left and right, or give line, or you'll lose the fish. I always liked this game, and every time you play it it is different. There was a pack of 3 real lakes, including Lake Mead, that was released for this game. I've never been able to find the software, I'm still hoping, it would give this game a huge boost to have that addition.