Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing!

Children fishing from a pier with a ranger standing by. City in the background.
Masonville Cove, Baltimore, MD. Rivers to Harbor Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.

NPS Photo/Caitlin Campbell

Welcome!

Get reeled into fishing with the new Junior Ranger Let’s Go Fishing! Booklet.


Gear up and get ready to:

Explore

Explore national parks, national wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries to have safe and enjoyable fishing trips!

Learn

Learn about fishing, aquatic habitats and fishing safety.

Protect

Protect native fish and the habitats on which they depend.

Start earning the title of Junior Ranger Angler!

(P.S. - “Angler” is someone who fishes with a rod and line.)

You might even get over your heebie-jeebies for all things slimy and catch the fishing fever, or maybe even a fish!

cartoon largemouth bass.
Largemouth Bass

NPS/Caitlin Campbell

Cover of junior ranger fishing booklet with junior ranger badge.
Download the activity booklet to get started!

NPS Photo

Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing! Activity Booklet and Badge

Are you ready to earn your Junior Ranger Angler badge?

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Download the booklet or contact your favorite park to see if booklets and badges are available.
  2. Complete as many activities in the book as you can.
  3. Have a parent/guardian take a picture of a completed page in the booklet and e-mail us. Remember to include your name and address.

Or mail your completed book to:

National Park Service
Junior Ranger Program
1849 C Street NW RM 1448
Washington, DC 20240

cartoon of a colorful bluegill sunfish.
Bluegill Sunfish

NPS/Caitlin Campbell

Explore: Places to Fish

Do you know where you can fish? Use the links below to find places to fish near you!

Fish in National Parks

Find parks with fish and learn more about the types of fish found in our national parks. Call ahead to ensure that your favorite park has the booklets and badges available

Find Parks with Fish

Take Me Fishing!

Find great fishing and boating spots in your area and throughout the U.S. with the help of Take Me Fishing!

Take Me Fishing
cartoon humpback chub.
The Humpback Chub is an endangered species in the Colorado River.

NPS/Caitlin Campbell

Learn: The Basics

Make your fun adventure a safe one, too!

No one expects to get hurt while out exploring in a national park, but accidents can happen. Planning ahead can be the key to a fun and safe adventure. Remember, safety starts with you!
A ranger shows children how to fish in a river.
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia.

NPS photo/Caitlin Campbell

Cover of trip planning document

Read over the NPS Trip Planning Guide with a grown-up. The guide includes the step-by-step overview of trip planning, a checklist which summarizes the key actions in the guide, and the emergency plan.

Are you new to fishing? Get caught up on the basics.

Fishing is a fun activity to enjoy with your family and friends that can be done at any age. It’s easy to learn how to fish--it just takes a little time and practice. Take Me Fishing offers great tips and guides.

Protect: Fish and their Habitats

Where will you fish? Do you know the regulations?

National Park Service fishing regulations help conserve (protect) fish for the enjoyment of future park visitors, for maintaining healthy ecosystems (where fish live), and for their intrinsic value (something that will always matter to everyone).

cartoon rainbow trout.
Rainbow trout is a kind of fish you can catch in national parks.

NPS/Caitlin Campbell

junior ranger logo: park ranger hat, explore, learn, protect





Learn more about other Junior Ranger programs!

We hope you’re "o-fish-ally" hooked!

Rainbow trout swimming towards hook.

NPS Photo/Caitlin Campbell

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