Fish and Aquatic Conservation


Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing!

Masonville Cove, Baltimore, MD. Rivers to Harbor Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. NPS Photo/Caitlin Campbell

Welcome!

Get reeled into fishing with the new Junior Ranger Let’s Go Fishing! Booklet.

Gear up and get ready to:

Explore

Explore national parks, national wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries to have safe and enjoyable fishing trips!

Learn

Learn about fishing, aquatic habitats and fishing safety.

Protect

Protect native fish and the habitats on which they depend.

Start earning the title of Junior Ranger Angler!

(P.S. - “Angler” is someone who fishes with a rod and line.)

You might even get over your heebie-jeebies for all things slimy and catch the fishing fever, or maybe even a fish!

illustration of a largemouth bass

thumbnail image of the cover Lets Go Fishing Activity booklet
Download the activity booklet to get started!
NPS Photo

Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing! Activity Booklet and Badge

Are you ready to earn your Junior Ranger Angler badge?

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Download the booklet or contact your favorite hatchery, refuge, or park to see if booklets and badges are available.
  2. Complete as many activities in the book as you can.
  3. Then take your completed booklet back to a participating hatchery or refuge, or email a photo of your completed booklet to a participating national park.

List of Participating Hatcheries, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, and Alaska

illustration of a bluegill sunfish


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.


Do you know where you can fish? Use the links below to find places to fish near you!

Fishing on National Fish Hatcheries

Find hatcheries with public fishing access. Call ahead to ensure that your favorite hatchery has the booklets and badges available.


Take Me Fishing!

Find great fishing and boating spots in your area and throughout the U.S. with the help of Take Me Fishing!