School is over. Temperatures are rising. It’s time to get in the water!
National Fishing and Boating Week (June 4 to June 12, 2021) is the perfect time to learn how to fish, reconnect with your kayak, and enjoy the water with friends and family. Whether you’ve fished your whole life or just picked up a rod for the first time, here are some great ways to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week with the US Fish and Wildlife Service!
Go fishing at a National Wildlife Refuge or National Fish Hatchery.
Fishing is available at 376 National Wildlife Refuges, 21 National Hatcheries, and other lands and waters managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There is at least one
Learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge
or a national hatchery in each state. Find places to fish near you with our interactive fishing map. You can plan your next fishing trip at https://www.fws.gov/initiative/fishing.
Learn to fish 🎣.
You don’t need a ton of gear to start fishing. Check out our beginners fishing guide to start fishing responsibly. The National Fish Hatchery System works with states and tribes to stock more than 100 million fish each year to support recreational fishing. Here are some of our favorite fishing tips from the experts who raise them.
Public lands enrich our lives in many ways: relieving stress, improving health, and having fun experiences with friends and family. We can help give back to them by joining #TeamPublicLands and recreating responsibly.
The most important thing you can do to protect wildlife and habitat when fishing and boating is to prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals. Every time you get out of the water follow Clean. Drain. Dry. Arrange!
🚿CLEAN visible aquatic plants, animals and mud from all equipment before leaving water access, including hulls, interiors and engines.
💧DRAIN engines, bilge, livewells and other devices containing water before leaving water access.
🌵 DRY everything for five days OR wipe with a towel.
🗑️DISPOSE unwanted bait, fish pieces and packaging materials in the trash; never dump live fish or other organisms from one body of water into another.
Get more tips for protecting waterways!
Buy a fishing license!
Purchasing a fishing license is quick, easy and contributes directly to conservation efforts. In most states, licenses can be purchased online, over the phone, or at retail establishments.
PURCHASE A FISHING LICENSE IN YOUR STATE.
Purchasing a fishing license is quick, easy and contributes directly to conservation efforts. In most states, licenses can be purchased online, over the phone, or at retail establishments. One hundred percent of license fees go directly to conservation and restoration, but licenses are not the only source of conservation funds. Each year, the Sport Fish Restoration Program distributes millions of dollars to national fish and wildlife agencies dedicated to restoration and enhancement projects across the country funded by an excise tax paid by manufacturers, producers and importers of sport fishing equipment and small engines. and motorboat fuel taxes paid by boaters. Since 1952, more than $8 billion in Sport Fish Restoration Program grants have been distributed for fish management, species and habitat restoration, habitat protection, land acquisition, research, education and public access for fishing and boating. Thank you to all anglers for supporting conservation while preserving outdoor traditions!