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BOISE – Fishing can be a fun sport for children and parents. In addition to spending quality time together outdoors, families can get away from their hectic schedules and enjoy a day full of sunshine laughing, talking and enjoying the fresh air.

But introducing young children to sports, which may seem daunting to some, is really easy with a little foresight.

"The important thing is patience," said Greg Schoby, fisheries manager of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Salmon. "Be positive, have fun and remember that it is not just your fishing trip, it is also your fishing trip".

Parents should also consider their role as a fishing trainer as an investment with benefits in the future.

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"If you are patient and do it well, the recovery time will come later when they take you fishing," said Schoby.

Idaho Fish and Game recommends keeping these 10 simple tips in mind to help ensure that your young child likes to fish right from the start:

  1. Catching is key – Getting kids hooked on fishing is about putting a fish on the line quickly. And for children, it's about captured numbers, not how big. Finding a well-stocked pond or lake is essential. Idaho Fish and Game makes it easy to find local, family-friendly fishing spots. Visit for locations, tips, events and more.
  2. Keep it simple – Short, lightweight poles and closed reels are good options. All you need to start is a pair of small hooks, leads and a few one-inch bobbers. If you do not have equipment or have never fished before, the Idaho Fish and Game Take Me Fishing fishing trailers are loaded with fishing rods, tackle, baits and borrowed by experienced fishermen who can help you. These trailers make appearances in well-stocked fishing holes throughout the state. For a list of free events in your area, visit
  3. Keep it short – The younger the child is, the shorter the attention span. If the fish are not stinging, do not hold the children hostage by looking at their fishing poles. Allow some breaks to jump the rock, enjoy the beach, which keeps them happy and allows them to enjoy the outdoors. And do not be surprised if catching fish is not your first priority. Just remember, as your child's attention lengthens, so will your fishing trips.
  4. Be patient – Accept that you will have to dismantle lines, hooks and probably not fish much. They will probably get dirty and wet, or they will entangle their lines. But remember, the fastest way to get kids fishing is to get frustrated with them. Keep patience and keep the tour short – less than an hour for beginners. This will set you up to cultivate a life-long fishing companion.
  5. Snacks – Prepare a refrigerator with sandwiches and many snacks like granola bars, cookies, peanuts and a treat or two. Fish for 30 minutes or so and then take a break. Sandwiches with breaks can help with times of frustration and will keep children interested for longer.
  6. Remember the essentials. – In addition to hooks, lines and leads, be sure to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, drinks, some band-aids and a fishing license if necessary. Young people aged 13 and under do not need a fishing license, but those over 14 must have a license in their possession while fishing.
  7. Never waste teaching moments. – Fishing is not only about catching fish; Create memories and learn is important. Take advantage of the moments to teach the children. Tell them about insects, birds, plants and fish. The outdoors is the best kind of classroom, and children will absorb it like a sponge.
  8. Keep about – Capture and release is an important aspect of angling, but there is nothing wrong with keeping some for the saucepan if the fishing rules allow it. It can also open the minds of children to where the food they eat comes from.
  9. Leave it better than you found it. – Remember to pack your trash and encourage the children to pick up as well. These lessons shape responsible and aware fishermen, helping to ensure the future of our sport.
  10. Good times again – If you want your children to go fishing again, the fun part is the most important thing. Choose a sunny day, take pictures and enjoy watching them have a good time. Keep this in mind and, regardless of the amount of fish caught, each exit will be a success.


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