National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing and boating, takes place June 1-9, 2013. National Fishing and Boating Week highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing peoples' quality of life and preserving our country's natural beauty. It is the perfect time to get out on the water and experience boating and fishing!
The best way to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week is to get out on the water! Fun, stress-relieving activities, fishing and boating are some of the best ways to unwind.
During National Fishing and Boating Week find a fishing and boating spot near you so you can hit the water. Learn to fish or improve your skills by checking out our how-to information. Share your big catch photos with our community, or talk with other anglers.
During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. Free Fishing Days allow anglers to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license.
Find your State's Free Fishing Days:
View full list of state Free Fishing Days.
Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity to try out fishing for the first time. If you are already an angler, this is a great time to take a friend or family member who has never been fishing out on the water for the day.
If fishing and boating are important parts of your heritage, don't you think it's worth passing along? Sharing these "on the water" experiences with friends and family is the key to making that happen.
Join others in sharing the joys of boating and fishing by taking our poll on mentoring.
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In addition to Free Fishing Days, many states hold events such as how-to clinics, fishing derbies, boat parades, family festivals and more during National Fishing and Boating Week. Consider attending one and mingling with other families who enjoy boating and fishing too.
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Download one of these clever National Fishing and Boating Week images and share them on your Facebook wall to show you are celebrating your favorite pastime. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more fishing and boating images, tips, fun facts and more!
You may not know it, but participation in fishing and boating actually helps fund efforts to conserve our natural waterways. A portion of all fishing tackle and license sales, as well as boat supply and registration sales, fund the conservation and preservation of our nation's waterways through a program called the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This means that every time you purchase a fishing license or register a boat, you are helping improve the natural places you love. Watch a fun and informative public service announcement on this topic:
In the upcoming years, National Fishing and Boating Week will take place June 1-8, 2014 and June 6-14, 2015.
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