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Tips for Anglers

Information iconKenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. (Photo: Brett Billings/USFWS)

Recreational fishing is one of the most popular and exciting of all outdoor activities. With a little know-how and respect for fellow anglers, everyone can enjoy the many fishing opportunities national wildlife refuges have to offer. Below are some tips – and links to additional information – that will help you be more successful and stay safe on your next adventure.

Making the Catch

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a great source for tips on how to fish. Its website,, provides useful information for beginners and experts on dozens of specialized topics, including: ofrece información similar en español.

Being Courteous

Rod Hansen has been an avid angler since “right after I learned to crawl and before I could walk,” and he’s been a federal wildlife officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than two decades. Like all federal wildlife officers, he is more interested in helping sportsmen and women than in scolding them. Still, when asked, Hansen will offer a few reminders about being courteous:

Being Responsible

Here are guidelines from Hansen and others to keep fishing enjoyable today and long into the future:

Being Safe

Here are a few simple tips to make your next fishing experience a safe one:

Information iconBogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge on the Louisiana-Mississippi border. (Photo: Pon Dixson/USFWS)