Fishing with Kids

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Top Places to Take a Kid Fishing

Below are some specific locations that you might want to consider. These locations were recommended by our Fisheries staff and are listed alphabetically by the general region of state where they are located. 

Additional information, directions and maps may be found at the links in the "More information/ Maps" column.  

Take a Kid Fishing! 

 Location Name  

 Region of State - County 

 More Information/Maps

Charlie Elliott
Wildlife Center

 Central - Jasper/Newton

 PFAEducation Center 

 Clayton and Henry County Water Supply Reservoirs

 Central - Clayton/Henry

Clayton CountyHenry County 

 Cochran Shoals (Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area)

 Central (Atlanta) - Cobb/Fulton

Nat. Park Service website

 Hard Labor Creek State Park

Central - Morgan

Park info

McDuffie County Public Fishing Area and Hatchery 

 Central - McDuffie

 PFAHatcheryEducation Center

 Lake Varner Water Supply Reservoir

 Central - Newton

 Newton County

 Watson Mill Bridge State Park

 Central - Oglethorpe

 Park info

 Amicalola Falls State Park

Northeast - Dawson

 Park info

 Buford Fish Hatchery Kid's Pond

Northeast - Forsyth

Hatchery info

Burton Fish Hatchery Kid's Pond

 Northeast - Rabun

Hatchery info

Go Fish Education Center

Central - Houston Education Center

Tips For Fishing With Kids

  1. Keep it easy. Choose simple tackle, bait and techniques. Fish for a species that is plentiful and easy to catch. Your goal should be to keep their rod bent as much as possible. Don't worry about catching a fish that YOU will be proud of...catch anything! The more interesting, colorful and unique the fish, the more excited they will be. 
  2. Keep it short. Marathon days are not what they need. Try to find fishing spots VERY close to home that that don't require long car or boat rides.
  3. Keep them covered. Use plenty of sunscreen and protective clothing. Try not to make anything about the experience painful or unpleasant.
  4. Keep them happy. Take lots of snacks including a treat that usually is not allowed at home. Snacks can help break up moments of frustration and will keep the kids interested. 
  5. Keep your cool. Expect to re-bait hooks and take out line tangles and knots all day. This is their day, not yours. The quickest way to turn children off to fishing is to get frustrated with them. Teach them what you know -- tell them about birds, plants, or fish. Kids remember these things and find it interesting. Read to them about fish.
  6. Keep a few fish for dinner. Keep fish within the legal catch limits and never keep more than you plan to eat. These lessons mold responsible and conscientious anglers helping to ensure the future of our fishery resources.

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