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Get That First Fish Feeling at a Family or Kids’ Fishing Event Near You

Fishing Can Bring Some Award-Winning Smiles! / GA DNR

Do you remember the first fish you caught? Even if you don’t remember all the details, I bet you remember how it made you feel. You can help generate the same feeling for your kids when you bring them to a Family or Kids Fishing Event, suggests the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

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“Taking a child or family member fishing is something to cherish for years to come – for both of you,” says Scott Robinson, Chief of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. “Family and Kids fishing events offer a great place to start. Volunteers and staff organizing the event are focused on helping your child have a great experience and develop a love for fishing before they try to ‘tackle’ it on their own.”

Family and Kids fishing events are held throughout the year and offered across the state on public and private waterways. They typically take place at a location with a successful catch rate to make the experience even better for new anglers. Many events have on-site volunteers to help those who are new to fishing. Some events even offer additional options, such as lunch or snacks, prizes and educational information.

Family and Kids fishing events are sponsored across the state by multiple partners, such as counties and municipalities, conservation groups and more. The Wildlife Resources Division co-sponsors many events by providing channel catfish or trout to improve fishing, educational materials for participants and guidance for sponsors.

How do you find more information or local events? Visit 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 the GO System where you can search for events near you.

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  1. Mary Finelli

    April 7, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    “Teach your children well.”

    Fishing isn’t sport. The fish are victims not willing participants. Science has shown that fishes can suffer terror and pain. They are sentient beings who deserve respect and compassion not gratuitous cruelty.

    All of the nutrients derived from fish, and from other animals, can be obtained more healthfully, humanely, and environmentally responsibly from plant sources. Needlessly harming animals for food or ‘fun’ or anything else is animal abuse. There’s nothing sporting about it.

    “Teach your children well.”
    Teach them to be kind not cruel.
    Teach them to respect animals not abuse them.

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