By Jocelyn Brown
Wherever you are in the world, there are some wonderful spots to take your family fishing for the first time. Fishing is a great way to spend quality time outside with your family. Children can experience the pleasures of being outdoors, while learning important life skills. Patience is an essential trait for any budding angler. Here are just some great US fishing spots where you can take your family for their first fishing adventure. Everglades City & 10,000 Islands, Florida
Start your family fishing adventure at the marina in Everglades City, where one direction takes you where your family of anglers can cast for everything from sheepshead and snapper to tarpon and snook. If you then head the opposite way, you’ll find yourselves deeper into the Everglades, bursting with wildlife. Here you can enjoy the challenge of trying to catch freshwater and saltwater fish.
Bristol Bay, Alaska
Bristol Bay provides 40% of the country’s wild-caught seafood. It is also home to one of the world’s largest wild salmon runs. The whole family can enjoy looking for whales and seals while they fish for wild Salmon here.
Yellowstone River, Montana
One of the most beautiful spots in America, Yellowstone River provides a mountainous fishing spot renowned for its scenic beauty. Best fished from a boat, wade anglers can also enjoy excellent fly fishing too.
Mammoth Lakes, California
A rewarding and challenging spot for fishing, Mammoth Lakes is home to the incredible Eastern Sierra and stunningly clear waters. You’ll find a variety of trout throughout the lakes and perfect fishing spots in Rock Creek Lake, Convict Lake, the Mammoth Lakes Basin and Crowley Lake.
Niagara River, New York
Perhaps best known for its magnificent waterfall, Niagara River connects Lake Ontario and Erie and is home to smallmouth bass, muskies and walleyes during summer. Lewiston, New York’s riverside town provides families with the perfect place to start their fishing trip. It is also ideal for a family vacation, offering hiking, biking, exploring and jet boat trips.
Port Isabel, Texas
You’ll find Port Isabel in the far south of the Texas coast, offering good access to fishing. With wading trips, dolphin cruises and some extraordinary offshore fishing adventures, there’s so much on offer for all the family. Lower Laguna Madre along the Texas coast is also the perfect destination to look out for redfish and speckled trout.
Before you pack up your tackle box and head off on your family trip, you need to think about what safety precautions to take while fishing. While you shouldn’t frighten your child about the water, you need to make sure that you discuss the rules of staying safe with the whole family. Children should always be supervised near the water and also taught the safe way to fish, such as lowering the rod safely and keeping it below the waist. Just by taking a few extra precautions, and preparing for the unexpected, you can ensure the whole family has a great time.
Fishing is a great way for the whole family to spend some real quality time together, without interruptions or distractions. Whether you choose a location nearby for a day trip, or make it a family vacation, it’s the perfect way to introduce your children to the wonders of nature.