National Fishing and Boating Week
Celebrate fishing and boating for a week in June.
National Fishing and Boating Week is a celebration of fishing and boating running June 2-10, 2012. Many states offer free fishing days during the first weekend in June, allowing enthusiasts in participating states to fish without a license—a great starting point to get angling this summer. Newcomers will find this is an excellent way to get hooked on the sport (pun intended). Don’t forget that you will need to buy a license to fish for the rest of the year. Fees for yearly fishing licenses vary state by state.
Army Corps lakes actively participate in National Fishing and Boating Week events, as do many other sites all over the country. Look for fishing derbies, regattas, educational events, boating demonstrations, festivals and especially events for kids. Every year, “Little Lunkers” are “hooked” on the sport forever, simply by—throwing out a line and reeling in the fish. Fishing is the number one gateway activity to outdoor activities, and fosters a love for the nature at an early age.
The fees and costs for fishing licenses are an important element of keeping our open lands healthy. People should remember that by purchasing a fishing or boating license, they are helping to protect, preserve and enhance the sport of fishing today and for generations to come. Licenses pay for fishery and hatchery management, habitat development and protection, endangered species programs, and fishing and conservation education. Find information on fishing licenses in your state here.
National Fishing and Boating Week is meant to include everyone from experienced fisherman to newbies to families—and all different kinds of anglers too, including fly fishing enthusiasts to fresh and salt water fishermen.