Fishing together with your child and family can build some powerful memories, so make this a summer to remember! Don’t know how to fish? No problem. There are plenty of on-site volunteers providing assistance at the many statewide kids fishing events scheduled this spring and summer. These events take place in locations where kids are likely to catch fish and are surrounded by people with like-minded interests, which help reinforce the positive experience.
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.
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 many events by providing channel catfish or trout to improve fishing, educational materials for participants and guidance for sponsors.
Many kids fishing events (or KFEs) are held around the state throughout the year, with the majority of them taking place in the spring and summer (April through September).
FIND A KFE: Events may be found at GoOutdoorsGeorgia. Select "Kids Fishing Event" under the "Event Type" tab. You can further query for events close to you, by date, etc.
Other Places to Find KFEs and Fishing Events:
- North Georgia Trout Online
- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (NPS)
- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (USFS)
- National Fish Hatcheries - Southeast U.S.(USFWS)
- National Wildlife Refuges (USFWS)
- Go Fish Education Center
General Considerations for Sponsoring or Hosting a Kids Fishing Event
One of the first things that you should consider when planning an event is "who", as in who is your target audience and who will attend. Closely related to this is consideration of "how many", as in how many participants might attend and how many you can successfully accommodate.
- Determine your target group (children under age 16, scout group, church youth group, etc..)
- Limit the number of participants based on fishing site and/or where there is at least one adult for every two children under the age of 12.
- Pre-registering participants will prevent overcrowding by anglers.
- Provide safety rules to participants and adults supervising children.
Event Site Selection
Having a suitable site for your event is also an important consideration when planning your KFE. If you are planning on using your own facilities or resources then your site selection process will be simpler. If you do not have a facility available then you will need to locate one.
- Small (less than 2 acres) ponds where the kids can fish from the entire shoreline are ideal.
- Municipal lakes, golf course ponds, privately owned ponds and accessible streams are excellent locations (see the Small Lakes portion of this website to locate potential places for events in your area).
- Pick sites with healthy populations of catfish and bream species or stock the event site (contact your local fisheries office for information and procedures for obtaining catfish from WRD for stocking an event site).
- The KFE site should be chosen with safety in mind. Avoid steep shoreline with deep water and strong currents in your site selection.
- Sites with controlled access (fenced in or private property) will avoid conflict with other water users.
- Men's and women's restrooms on-site are preferred. If such facilities are not available, you can rent portable restrooms. Look in the phone book under "Toilets-Portable" or "Rental".
- Look for sites with parking that can accommodate your target group and the number of people expected.
Pooling of resources and involving other groups can be a great way to spread the workload of organizing and hosting a KFE.
- Talk to businesses, fishing clubs and other sportsmen groups to be sponsors to help with mentoring kids on how to fish, provide prizes/donations, oversee casting contest, provide equipment and refreshments, etc.
- Encourage parents to participate and help with the event. Fishing is family fun!
- It would be a good idea to form a committee of interested volunteers to spread out the work (3-5 people).
To attract participants and volunteers you will need to get the word out about your event.
- Advertise the event though local newspapers, handouts, and on available Internet web sites. Visit www.takemefishing.org for ideas.
- Call local radio and TV stations to advertise the event.
- Contact local businesses and provide them with posters or single-sheet handouts that promote the fishing event.
KFE Organizer/Sponsor Resources
- TakeMeFishing.org - find events and submit your event
Fishing together with your child and family can build some powerful memories, so make this a summer to remember! Don’t know how to fish? No problem.