Fishing with Children: The Basics

Need to Know

Respect your environment. This is the perfect time to teach your child about nature's beauty. Clean any mess you create, and treat all fish delicately. Release whatever you catch back into their natural habitat.

Knowledge is power. Most states require that adults purchase a fishing license prior to hitting the lakes, check out maps of local areas and your state's guidelines. There are dozens of online sites featuring interactive maps, quotas, and licensing requirements for your area.

Most of all, enjoy. While many see fishing as a peaceful way to spend a day, this is a great chance to engage your child and teach them wonderful lessons about nature and responsibility.