Family fun on the water is closer than you think

Enjoy the outdoors this summer by planning a family fishing adventure. Here’s a quick checklist before you hit the water:
 

  1. Find a fishing hole that suits you and your family. Use our boating and fishing map to search for bodies of water in your area and beyond.
  2. Check your fishing tackle inventory and restock if necessary. Make sure everyone in your family has a life jacket! For a full list of essentials, check out our blog article.
  3. Find out which family members need a fishing license, and how to purchase them. Fishing license purchases support local conservation efforts to keep our waters safe and wildlife thriving.

If you're not sure what species of fish live in your local waters, check out our fish species explorer where you can learn about all kinds of fish and what it takes to catch 'em!



Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro is vice president of communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and its Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar campaigns where she works to recruit newcomers to recreational fishing and boating and increase awareness of aquatic conservation. Stephanie grew up in the Florida Keys as the daughter of a flats fishing guide. Outside of work, you can find her fishing and boating with her family on the Potomac River in the Northern Neck of Virginia.