Fish and Aquatic Conservation

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Let's Go Fishing. Catch the Fun!

Fishing. One of America’s favorite outdoor pastimes. People fish for many reasons: spending time and creating memories with family and friends, enjoying the challenge of catching a fish, being outdoors and near water, or for many, just soaking in some quiet solitude. Whatever your reason, whether you’re a longtime angler or a newcomer, we can help you learn more about fishing and the fish you might catch.

Your next fishing adventure could be at a National Fish Hatchery that offers public fishing access!

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We Make Fishing Better

America's fisheries are among the world's richest in abundance and diversity. Fish and Aquatic Conservation works to conserve, restore, and enhance aquatic habitats using a wide range of tools.

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Hatcheries With Public Fishing Access

Find a hatchery near you with public fishing access. While most hatcheries have annual fishing events, not all have public fishing access available.

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Fishing is Fun for Everyone

It's also a great way to spend quality time outdoors with family and friends. Whether a first-timer or someone that's not fished in years, we're providing some basic information to help get you started.

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Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing

Let’s Go Fishing! is part of the National Park Service’s popular Junior Ranger program. A great opportunity to teach young people about fishing and conservation through participation.

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