© 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper draws on a sensory ethnography conducted with migrant recreational fishermen of Asian ancestry in a context of heightened scientific concerns about over-fishing. We offer the concept of recreational fishing assemblage to consider the affective and emotional dimensions of recreational fishing experiences. Our conceptual framework builds on feminist scholarship that appreciates human-non-human entanglements in the constitutions of subjectivities, specifically environmental policies, ideas, fishing equipment and affect. Our rhizoanalysis offers insights to how racialized and gendered bodies intersect with environmental citizenship to territorialize some recreational fishing spots for white bodies. In this spirit, we offer an interpretation of the contradictory ways that citizenship is lived through the experiences of recreational fishing.