Recently, on our facebook page we were asked for advice about taking kids fishing for the first time. So we are sharing our family secrets to keeping fishing trips fun and stress-free. We don’t reveal where we like to fish. You’ll have to find your own fishing spot.
Tips for Taking Kids Fishing For the First Time
Consider cane pole fishing. Cane pole fishing is a good option for families who have never been fishing. It is very simple and you are more likely to catch a fish (although it may be a small fish). You can buy a pole with fishing line, bobber, etc… already included.
Don’t forget your fishing license. You can buy one at many sporting goods stores, the sporting goods departments of large discount stores, convenience stores and park offices close to the lake or river.
Arrive early. We try to get to our favorite fishing spot by 8am. By 11am, it starts getting hot and the fish stop biting.
Keep the first fishing trip short. Keep it short. Keep it sweet. Keep it fun.
Bring snacks and drinks. You want this to be an enjoyable experience.
Bring lots of hand sanitizer. We bring wet wipes as well. Fishing is messy.
Remember the sunscreen and insect repellent.
Don’t forget your camera. You’ll want to get a picture of your child with their first fish.
Bring a 5 gallon bucket. We bring a 5 gallon bucket to hold the fish we catch. When we catch one, we fill the bucket part way with lake water and place the fish in it. The kids love looking in the bucket at all our fish. And before we leave, we carefully drop the fish back into the lake so they can swim back home. Throwing the fish back is a big event on our fishing trips.
Kids’ Fishing Rodeos are another option. Fishing rodeos are a great place for kids to learn to fish. Many are held at lakes that have recently been stocked with fish. Experts are on hand to give advice to the kids (and their parents).
For tips on teaching kids to cast a rod and reel, see my post Bucket Fishing- Teach Your Kids to Fish.
Another fishing resource is TakeMeFishing.org. They have a lot of articles, videos and illustrations about fishing.
I hope this advice will come in handy on your next fishing trip with kids. And keep those questions coming…
I’ll see ya by the campfire.
What tips would you give to someone taking their kids fishing for the first time?
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