November 24, 2017

Get Outside: Free Learn-to-Fish Events for Kids

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I’ll be honest, I’ve only been fishing once in my life. It was in central Virginia and I remember sitting on a boat with a fishing rod and a plastic lure (because I didn’t want to put a real worm on the hook) bobbing at the end that got stuck under a rock in the water every few minutes. It wasn’t much fun, but maybe I just needed a few lessons.

In support of National Fishing & Boating Week (June 4-12), why not explore the free fishing programs that many states have to offer. Here’s a quick peek at a few learn-to-fish activities available for families.

  • California: Keep your eyes open for Fishing in the City clinics in the Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles metro areas, offering city dwellers a chance to learn to fish. Kids can also participate in the California Fishing Passport program, earning stamps as they travel around the state in search of 150 different fish and shellfish species.
  • New Hampshire: Check out the free Let’s Go Fishing program. All ages are welcome, so you and your kids can learn basic ecological concepts, fishing skills and even ways to better enjoy the outdoors together. A typical course offers six hours of hands-on instruction plus a field trip.
  • Oklahoma: In Oklahoma City, little anglers can enjoy free Hooked on Fishing kids fishing classes that are held on select Saturday mornings in June, July and August. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will also offer fishing clinics that include hands-on fishing opportunities at stocked ponds.
  • Texas: Various state parks offer Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish events on weekends. These free events are open to families with children ages five and older and are designed to teach the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on-activities. Kids receive a fishing fun pack.

Do you like to take your kids fishing? Have you ever attended any of these free fishing programs or do you know of any other great fishing programs for kids?

Comments

  1. Kids Events In Los Angeles says:

    Oh that’s wonderful…I really want that my kids will learn this kind of activities in the summer vacation. Its really good.

  2. Jeffrey Willius says:

    Thanks for the post! Fishing is such a great way to introduce a kid to the outdoors, but it’s also a great teacher — of water skills, observation, patience, biology and so much more. Not to mention that sort of mystical connection you have with other creatures hidden in that strange, unseen underwater world. This, when I was a kid, proved to be one important thread in my spiritual development.

    By the way, here’s a fishing program in Minnesota for kids and others who otherwise might not get the chance to fish: http://www.lgfws.com/youth_whats_new.php

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