Family fishing trips are easier than you think

Family fishing trips are easier than you think

It’s hard not to include water in any way when looking for “fun”. Any activity on or even near the water is fun, but fun fishing trips can take the excursion to new levels. When my crew is looking to have fun with the family, fishing is usually the first suggested activity.

When trying to decide where to fish, start with the top fishing and boating spots. These fun fishing trips are grouped by region and have been nominated by anglers across the country who are particularly fond of fishing holidays. You can also use our interactive map for fishing and boating.

And although the economy is on the rise again, the concept of the “stay-cation” still needs to be considered. If you do a little research, you will find plenty of overlooked water with family fun fishing potential right in your yard. For example, although a few sea fishing trips are possible, some of the fun fishing trips my family would like to take this summer include kayaks and a smallmouth bass hotspot, the Allegheny River, just 5 minutes from our home.

“The more the better” can even apply to family fishing trips, as long as they’re well planned. Fishing with your family means more crew members are safe, happy, and fun. Lots of fishing takes care of a lot, but you may need to be able to change tactics in order for your family to keep catching. Younger family members can just enjoy playing in the bait bucket. You might ask your daughter if she would like to ride the boat for a while. Other activities like camping or wildlife viewing can also add to a fun fishing trip. These amenities can often be found on the state websites or under most fishing regulations information when you renew your fishing license.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating from OSU with a degree in zoology, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and Michigan.