Family Fun Fishing Trips Are Easier Than You Think

By Andy Whitcomb

Jul 06, 2018

Fishing can be great source of family fun. Want to learn how to have family fun? Here are some tips for fun fishing trips.

It is hard not to include water in some way when seeking “fun.” Any activity on or even near water is enjoyable but fun fishing trips can take the outing to a new level. When my crew wants some family fun fishing usually is the first activity proposed.

When trying to decide where to fish you may want to start with the Top places to fish and boat. These fun fishing trips are grouped by region and were nominated by anglers all over the country who especially like to take fishing vacations. You can also use our where to fish and boat interactive map.

And even though the economy is back humming along, the concept of the “stay-cation” is still something to consider.  Will a little research, you’ll discover plenty of overlooked water with family fun fishing potential, right in your backyard. For example, even though a couple of sea fishing trips are options, several of the fun fishing trips my family hopes to work in this summer incorporate kayaks and a smallmouth bass hotspot, the Allegheny River, just 5 minutes from our house.

“The more, the merrier” even can apply to family fishing trips as long as they are well planned. Fishing with your family means more crew members to keep safe, happy, and having fun. Plenty of fishing action takes care of a lot of this but you may need to be able to switch tactics to continue to keep your family catching something. Younger family members may just enjoy playing in the bait bucket.  Maybe ask your daughter if she wants to drive the boat for a while. Other activities such as camping or wildlife watching may contribute to fun fishing trips too. These amenities often can be found on the state websites or among most fishing regulation information when renewing your fishing license.

Andy Whitcomb
Andy Whitcomb
Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.