First Catch Centers Events

Go with your family and friends and visit one of the First Catch Centers to learn basic fishing and boating skills in a positive and fun environment. Check out the next fishing and boating event at a First Catch Center near you.


The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) in partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Refuges and hatcheries, Fishing’s Future and Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission are bringing new fishing and boating educational programs to you and your family that will provide positive and fun experiences to youth in the metropolitan areas.

These events will create a place for your family to learn and develop fishing and boating skills. The Take Me Fishing™ First Catch Centers (FCC) will provide hands-on opportunities so your kids can learn basic fishing and boating skills along with conservation ethics.

The FCCs will start as pilot programs with Fishing’s Future (FF) in Texas and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) in the greater Philadelphia area, with expansion in future years across the country. For more information about the Take Me Fishing™ First Catch Centers initiative, please contact Dave Chanda,; 703-778-5160.



Stay tuned for announcements of future events.

Are you planning to attend a First Catch event? Share your pictures with us using our hashtag #FirstCatch. See the #FirstCatch of other anglers!


Do you want to support this initiative? We are seeking both cash and in-kind sponsor support to ensure we can provide the best learning opportunity for approximately 15,000 youth and their families in the U.S.

Learn more about First Catch Centers and sponsorship opportunities from our press release and Program Guide.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rachel Auslander,; 703-519-9546.