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Tips for Fishing with Kids

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Looking for a way to make memories this summer with your kids? Turn off the TV and head out the door to fish!

Looking for a fun family activity? Go fishing! Check out these tips for fishing with kids

Every summer we take our kids camping at least once because we believe that one of the top ways to spend quality time with your family while creating memories is through outdoor adventures.  This year we took the kids to Yosemite National Park to camp.  The campground we stayed at had a river running through the middle of it.  Besides using the river for swimming, many campers also fished.  My kids spent most mornings and evenings watching people fish.  They became intrigued with fishing and they wanted to try it out.

My husband grew up on Long Island, New York and lived just a few blocks from the water.  He’d go fishing every day in the summer as a kid so he knows how to fish. I went fishing a few times in high school and always enjoyed myself so I was excited to show the kids how to fish.  Fishing is a great way to connect with family and friends and create memories. One morning after returning from Yosemite, we surprised the kids with a fishing trip to a local park.

We live in the middle of a desert, but there are actually several places we found to go fishing. The closest one is a county park just a few miles from our house. We’ve been to this park a few times, but never to fish. The park has several ponds for fishing and there were plenty of other people fishing the day we went.  Aside from getting to spend the morning around the water, we also saw ducks, geese, dragon flies, water cranes and even peacocks. It was one of the most enjoyable mornings of our summer.

Once we had found somewhere to fish, we needed fishing equipment.  We used Shakespeare Catch More fishing combo.  The combos come pre-spooled with Stren fishing line and include a fishing kit equipped with hooks, bait, and everything else you will need.  The combos are available for both adults and kids.   Fishing can be a personal investment in your children and family and much more important to them than any toy, video game or electronic gadget you can buy. My kids were fascinated by the rods, reels and all the other fishing gear in the fishing kit. They are now officially obsessed with bait and lures.

The Shakespeare rods were pre-spooled and my husband knew how to attach the weights, hooks, lures, and bobbers.  After a quick lesson in how to cast, the kids were fishing.  We taught them how to reel in and cast out again.  I was wondering if they’d get bored quickly, but we spent two hours at the park and had to drag them away because it was getting hot and we were out of water.  I know we have many more trips to the park to fish ahead of us in the years to come.

What better way to create memories than with fishing? Whether you’re a novice, or an expert, fishing is fun for the whole family! So turn the TV off, make a fishing checklist, drive to a fishing destination using these outdoor tips, and go #FishinForMemories with Shakespeare and Stren!

Also, enter the  enter the “Stren Drop a Line Contest” with a chance to win a dream fishing trip with a friend. Enter by:

  • Visiting http://www.stren.com/Drop-a-Line/
  • Uploading a picture of yourself fishing
  • Tell a story of your favorite fishing memories

Have fun!

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11 Comments
  • Ivy Baker
    April 26, 2018

    My father has started to teach my nephew how to fish. He is thinking that it would be fun if we all went on a fishing trip together. My sister isn’t totally sure about doing that. So, I liked that you explained that fishing is a great way to create memories together.

  • Tim
    March 4, 2017

    Fishing with kids is a fun. I do it every month once during the fishing season. Although my kids often run out of patience during fishing, but hopefully someday they will understand fishing is all about patience.

  • Aron
    January 18, 2017

    ‘Fishing with kids’ is nice idea! I’ve sight-fished spawning largemouth before, but never smallies. If you’re in Chicago, you should make the trip up to the Chequamegon Bay sometime with kids.

  • ochelli
    December 20, 2016

    Great to know that you can actually go fishing at Yosemite National Park to camp.Fishing is really one activity if not even the best to get engaged with during the summer holidays. It’s always an unforgettable experience for kids.

  • Williams
    December 19, 2016

    Fishing with your kids is one of the best ways to spend time with them. Near me, the best place to take a kid is a farm pond. I took my three-year-old in October and he’s been talking about it ever since.

  • Dean
    November 9, 2016

    I love fishing and my kids are starting to get into it. My 6 year old caught his first fish this summer. We are planning on taking a vacation to Vegas pretty soon and I may have to try this out.

  • Christina
    November 3, 2016

    You make a nice point about turning off the TV once in awhile. One of the best ways to spend time with your family is going on outdoor adventures, as you share.

  • Silas Knight
    September 19, 2016

    It looks like you and your kids had a good time fishing. I agree, being outside, and specifically fishing, really helps a family bond together. My wife doesn’t love fishing, but I definitely need to teach my kids!

  • Tamra
    April 26, 2016

    I’ve lived in Las Vegas nearly 14 years and I’m not familiar with a park that allows shoreline fishing. Is it located in the northern part of the valley? Could you please provide the name of the park, as I’d love to take my grandson fishing. Thank you!

    • Camille
      April 26, 2016

      Hi Tamra! We fish at Floyd Lamb Park and yes, it is in the northern part of the valley. I think it used to be called Tule Springs. There is a small fee to enter the park (free for veterans and active duty military). Kids can fish without a license, but adults would need to get one. It’s a wonderful park with ponds, fishing, geese, peacocks and even a stable with horses. I hope you enjoy a visit there soon!

  • emily bennette
    April 15, 2016

    Fishing seems like it would be something fun for everyone in a family. However, it seems like certain types of fishing you need you to prepare kids for. It seems like it would be smart to make sure they have the correct gear for the type of fishing you are doing. Whether that is bait or a life jacket being prepared seems like a way to make sure they are safe.