Here at TakeMeFishing.org we celebrate and promote the National Fishing and Boating Week, which takes place June 6-14 this year. Wait a minute you say That’s nine days, and the last time you checked it was only seven days a week.
National Fishing and Boating Week originally lasted seven days when it started as National Fishing Week in 1979. When Congress passed the Sport Fishing and Boating Safety Act in 1998, and in 2001 the National Fisheries Week was renamed and expanded to a nine-day National Fisheries and Boating Week to include two full weekends and ample opportunity for various agencies and organizations to hold events.
For most years, National Fisheries and Boating Week is celebrated primarily through local and state events hosted by various organizations as well as individuals and groups trying to introduce someone new to the fishing industry. While pandemic-related policies and “reopenings” have now varied greatly, most group events have been canceled and fishing for someone who is not a family member who lives with you is probably not a good idea right now. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate this year.
Enjoy a free day of fishing
You could encourage someone who does not have a current fishing license to get back into the sport by enjoying a “free” day of fishing. Most states have one or more free fishing days, often during National Fishing and Boating Week, to encourage residents to fish, especially if this is a person’s first experience. This means that if you don’t have a fishing license (which is required for most people and in all public waters) you can fish without one on the days indicated. To find out if your state has this and which day or days qualify for it, visit this website.
Perform a waterway cleaning.
This week there may not be such an organized activity near where you live, but it wouldn’t hurt to take an hour in a day to clean up the trash in one of your favorite fishing waters or nearby areas or streets. You don’t have to be part of a group. Just do it.
Find new local fishing spots.
Especially if you have a wide variety of bodies of water that you live in. Yes, you can do that anytime. But think about where to fish in waters you haven’t visited or look for species that you haven’t caught. I knew a man who made it his business to fish every lake and pond in the county where he grew up and lived. It was a lot in his area, and over time he did. Cant say I have done the same in the places I have lived, but it is an engaging prospect to try all the local fishing spots. Perhaps this is the time to embark on a similar quest.
Reduce stress: get out on the water.
Just go fishing. Just take a boat trip. While you’re there, take a deep breath and admire the scenery and wildlife. Surveys have shown that fishing and boating are great stress relievers. This applies to adults and children alike. You can find plenty of excuses to do other things most of the time, just not this week. No boat? No problem. Make sure to check out the Disc Boating’s Go Boating Today tool to find a local boat rental company near you.