National Fishing and Boating Week
|A youngster learns the joys of fishing on a national wildlife refuge. Many refuges will host family fishing derbies and demonstrations in June for National Fishing and Boating Week.|
|Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS|
Many refuges will host public events on or around the week of June 4 to mark this annual celebration of fishing and boating, sponsored by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Some examples:
- Free Family Fishing Day
Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Fish free at the refuge’s Champion Lake Public Use Area. This is the only day that anyone can fish or crab without a license on public waters in Texas. Fishing poles and bait are available. Experienced fishermen will help children bait hooks. Learn more about Trinity River Refuge.
- Youth Fishing Derby
Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Enjoy this annual freshwater fishing event for children 15 and under. Photos, prizes and fun will take place at Hog Range Pond. Learn more about Blackwater Refuge.
- Youth Fishing Derby
Saturday, June 4, 7:30 a.m. to noon — Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. NY
The annual event, open to young anglers up to 17 years old, will take place at Ringneck Marsh. An awards ceremony and door prize drawing will follow. Learn more about Iroquois Refuge.
- Family Fishing Day
Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Take advantage of Wisconsin’s free fishing days June 4 and 5. Free demonstrations, equipment loans and give-aways. Peachy Road Fishing Access. Learn more about Horicon Refuge.
- Youth Fishing Day
Saturday, June 4 — Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, WI
Take a kid fishing and learn all about the sport. The free event at Harvey’s Pond includes educational programs, activities, games and derbies. Learn more about Necedah Refuge.
- Children’s Fishing Day
Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Seney National Wildlife Refuge, MICatch the excitement! Youngsters can fish and compete for prizes. Some fishing poles are available for loan. Shore fishing is allowed in designated pools. Lead sinkers are not allowed. Family games and activities begin at noon. A complimentary fish dinner will be served to all participants and their families at 3 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony. Learn more about Seney Refuge.