I would also look at species that have strong stocking programs in your area. For those of us here in Colorado, that mainly means trout. The state stocks millions of them, and that is supported by our license and use fees. There is certainly no danger of depleting the population in put and take fisheries. For our stocker trout, most folks use medium to light weight fly tackle, or medium light to light spin tackle. Bait is also widely used where allowed, and is pretty effective most of the time, and helps level the playing field for less experienced anglers.