Fish and Aquatic Conservation
Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.
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Since 1871 we have been working to conserve, restore and enhance
fish and other aquatic resources for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Explore 150 years of aquatic conservation


Recent News

National Fishing and Boating Week is a national celebration highlighting the importance of recreational boating and Fishing. Federal and state land managers host lots of events and offer free fishing days around the country to commemorate National Fishing and Boating Week June 5-13 2021.

Three kids and an adult fish from a pier.
An adult watches a young boy and girl fishing from a dock. Photo by Kayt Jonsson/USFWS.

Responsible Fishing Tips for New Anglers

Did you know that you can be a super-star conservationist just by going fishing? Whether you prefer fly-fishing on a wild and scenic river, noodling for catfish, or dropping a line in an urban waterway, here are some basics to get you started fishing responsibly!

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One adult and two girls fishing from a boat.
One adult and two girls fishing from a boat. Photo courtesy of Take Me Fishing .

Expert Tips to Hook the Perfect Fish

Looking for the best way to catch a catfish, land a lake trout, or snag a smallmouth? Whether you are a beginning angler wondering about walleye or teaching your kids to fish for crappie, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite fishing tips from the experts who raise them.

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Fishing day at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
Kayaking the Charles River. Photo by Lamar Gore/USFWS.

Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!

National Fishing and Boating Week (June 5 - June 13, 2021) is a great time to learn to fish, reconnect with your kayak, and enjoy the water with friends and family.

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Fishing day at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
Fishing day at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS

Top Five Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

June is Great Outdoors Month and #TeamPublicLands at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presents our top five list to get you outside. There are so many great activities, we hope to pique your interest.

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