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Spotlight: National Fishing and Boating Week

Spotlight: National Fishing and Boating Week

Celebrate our bountiful lakes and rivers during National Fishing and Boating Week

Fishing, Boat They say a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office... We couldn't agree more. (Michael Watkins/USACE)

What You’ll Find

Boaters and anglers will soon have their days in the sun during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1 through 9, 2013. One of Americans’ most popular ways to get outside and have a good time, boating can be a great opportunity to observe nature, get together with friends and try to outsmart the local fish.

Getting There

Many states lift the requirement for a fishing license during National Fishing and Boating Week, making it easier for newbies to try their hands at the sport. Visit takemefishing.org to find out if your state participates, and remember to purchase a fishing license during the rest of the year; license fees pay for fishing conservation activities, hatcheries and education programs.

Make Sure You

Find out what other activities are available for National Fishing and Boating Week! Events include regattas, fishing tournaments and “Take a Warrior Fishing” days.

Another way to observe Fishing and Boating week is to take an online safety course. Boating newcomers are particularly encouraged to take the course. The course is hosted by industry organization BoatUS, known for its boat towing and emergency services.

Try This

Lakes across the country have organized “blueways” or blue trails such as the Little River Blueway at J. Strom Thurmond Lake in Georgia and South Carolina.

Watch below for a demonstration of stand-up paddle boarding on the Little River Blueway. It’s not as difficult as it sounds, your fuel costs are low (cheeseburger, anyone?) and you get a full body workout just maintaining your balance.

Get Started

The U.S. is blessed with thousands of beautiful lakes to “put in” and go boating. From the smallest kayaks to personal watercraft (PWCs) to cabin cruisers and sailing yachts, Americans love to take to the water and try to catch a “big one.”