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!

The most important thing you can do to protect wildlife and habitat when fishing and boating is prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals. Whenever you leave the water, follow Clean. Drain. Dry. Dispose!

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.

🚿CLEAN off visible aquatic plants, animals, and mud from all equipment before leaving water access — including hulls, interiors, and motors.

💧DRAIN motors, bilge, livewells, and other water containing devices before leaving water access.

🌵DRY everything for five days OR wipe with a towel.

🗑️DISPOSE of unwanted bait, fish parts, and packing materials, in the trash; never dump live fish or other organisms from one water body into another.

Visit https://stopaquatichitchhikers.org/ for more tips!

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.

Since 1952, more than $8 billion in Sport Fish Restoration Program grant funds have been distributed to state agencies for conservation projects. This money goes to support fish management, species and habitat restoration, habitat protection, land acquisition, research, education, and public access for fishing and boating.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. Since 1871, we have been working to keep America’s fisheries safe, healthy, and productive for the American people.

Written by Holly Richards, Fish Enthusiast / Outreach Specialist for the Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program.

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