Fishing together with your child can build some powerful memories. Research shows that most people are introduced to fishing by a family member, and most consider a family member to be their best fishing friend.
Not an experienced angler? No problem. There are plenty of on-site volunteers providing fishing assistance at any of the many statewide kids fishing events scheduled this spring and summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
“Many youth will experience, often for the first time, the joys of fishing at a kids fishing event,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries management. “They take place in locations where they are likely to catch fish and are surrounded by people with like-minded interests, which help reinforce the positive experience.”
Kids fishing events are sponsored across the state and provide fishing lessons to both children (under age 16) and parents from knowledgeable instructors. The Wildlife Resources Division co-sponsors most events by providing channel catfish and trout to improve fishing, educational materials for participants and guidance for sponsors.
How do you find more information or local events? Visit www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/kids-fishing. Here you will find tips on fishing with kids, recommended places to go fish with children, a “kid’s first fish certificate,” and a link to a calendar where you can find local events.
For more information on fishing in Georgia, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing .