Family Fishing Trip - 10 Tips to keep it fun!

June 4-6, 2021 are Free Fishing Days in Virginia - no fishing license required.

By Jenny Sites June 3, 2021

Taking the family fishing is a great way to bond with your children and learn about nature. I know what you're thinking, the thought of taking your kids to a body of water and letting them throw a hook around could be stressful, it doesn't have to be. Here are a few tips to keep it fun and relaxing:

  1. Keep it fun. It’s very likely that someone will snag the weeds and others will prefer to dance around the banks. The point is that you’re having quality family time together, so don’t take it too seriously.
  2. Plan for safety. Give each child a life jacket, even if they are good swimmers.  You will be distracted helping other family members with rods and bait rather than having your full attention on the other kids who are already fishing.
  3. Check out the area. Do a little research before you choose your fishing hole so you know what’s biting. Bluegill and crappie are good for beginners. Also, make sure that you find out what type of requirements the area has for fishing license. You don’t want to get everyone set up only to find out that you don’t have the proper documents and have to pack up and leave. Here is a list of local parks that include a fishing spot.    June 4-6, 2021 are Free Fishing Days in Virginia - no fishing license required.
  4. Go early in the day. Kids have a longer attention span in the morning and it’s typically not as hot. 
  5. Dress appropriately. Be sure to check the weather. It’s cooler in the morning so you might want to grab a jacket. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray.
  6. Plan a short trip. The first few times you go, plan to only stay a short amount of time. The kids will remember that they had fun – catching a fish is just a bonus.
  7. Pack snacks and drinks. This is pretty much a given for any trip with kids. While you’re getting the gear ready, they will probably be asking for a snack. 
  8. Use simple rods. While you might think that you’ll be the one baiting and casting, you will also be handing the rod over to your child. Pick something simple that won't be easily twisted so they feel like they have full control over their rod.
  9. Use simple bait. A basic nightcrawler on the hook should do the trick and a bobber helps kids keep an eye on where their line is, plus it shows them if they have a pull on the line.
  10. Take your camera. If you catch a fish, you’re sure to want to catch that grin!