Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!

Two women wearing life vests kayak on a river.
Kayaking the Charles River. Photo by Lamar Gore/USFWS.

National Fishing and Boating Week (June 5 — June 13, 2021) is a great time to learn to fish, reconnect with your kayak, and enjoy the water with friends and family.

A woman fishes on the bank of a pond next to a small child.
Family fishing day at Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Nell Baldacchino/USFWS.

Go fishing at a National Wildlife Refuge or National Fish Hatchery.

A child and grandparent fish in a calm pond.
Photo by Federico Giampieri on Unsplash

Learn to fish 🎣.

Here’s some of our favorite fishing tips from the experts who raise them.

A woman and man pose with a child who is holding a fish. A pond and woods are in the background.
A young angler shows off his catch with his parents by his side at Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery. Photo by Katie Steiger Meister/USFWS

Join #TeamPublicLands!

A person stands in the water near the bank of a river with a kayak. A second person stands on the shore.
A man sprays water on the bottom of a boat.
A hand holds the plug to a drain on the bottom of a boat.
You can protect your waterways by cleaning, draining, and drying your gear every time you leave the water. Photos L — R: Kayaking the Los Angeles River by Ian Shive USFWS; Cleaning off a boat in Glacier National Park by NPS; Draining a boat by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
A hand holds a fish underwater.
A person hold a rainbow trout underwater. Photo by USFWS.

Purchase a fishing license!

Fishing and boating support conservation.

Biologists examine a large fish on a metal table.
Biologists examine a large fish on a metal table.
At the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, USGS and USFWS staff use ultrasound and endoscope technology to study endangered pallid sturgeon. Photo by USFWS.

We’re dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats.