By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Fishing and boating: two perfect reasons for a celebration

Make time to re-connect with your family by fishing and boating on any of the available lakes, rivers and ponds found in Georgia.  Need an excuse to get started? 

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages people of all ages to get outside during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6-14, 2015.  

“Outdoor recreation, such as boating and fishing, provides a great way to pull the family together and make positive connections with each other,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries management.  “Teaching a child to fish, or taking an outing on a boat can help instill a conservation ethic, while also introducing an exciting activity that could last a lifetime.”

fishing1190National Fishing and Boating Week began in 1979 as National Fishing Week and was created to recognize the tradition of fishing, to broaden the spirit of togetherness and to share the values and knowledge of today’s anglers with tomorrow’s anglers.  

According to the National Fishing and Boating Week website, one of the main reasons people don’t go fishing or boating is because no one has invited them.  You can help change this, make it a mission during National Fishing and Boating Week, or the next time you go fishing, to take someone new: a child, a relative or a friend.   

How to Celebrate!
FREE FISHING DAYS: In the spirit of introducing new family members or friends to the sport of angling, Georgia offers two free fishing days during this special week – Sat., June 6 and Sat., June 13, 2015.  On these days, Georgia residents do not need a fishing license or a trout license in order to fish.  Residents can fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas.  Plus, residents do not need to obtain a wildlife management area license to fish on a public fishing area or on Waters Creek on these two free fishing days.

FREE KIDS FISHING EVENTS: In addition to the two free fishing days, free kids fishing events are scheduled across the state during the week to help introduce children to fishing.  These events offer a healthy form of entertainment for kids and provide an excellent opportunity for beginning anglers to learn from experienced volunteers.  Many events offer prizes, free lunches and other fun-filled activities – so make plans to attend one!

For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week and all it has to offer, including the free fishing days, nearest kids fishing event or places to fish, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/nfbw.