The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recognizes that recreational fishing is an important American tradition that provides life-shaping experiences for children of all ages. We want to help make it safe and easy for Floridians to go fishing to ensure this heritage is passed on to future generations. Few memories stick out in our minds as clearly as catching our first fish, and who we were with when we caught it. The reason is simple - the pure joy of the experience and being with someone who cares enough to take time to go fishing together.
The future of our resources is in the hands of our youth and in the vision and commitment of the parents, extended family, teachers and friends, who help to mold their ideals and values. Recreational fishing is an American tradition as old as the country and has long been valued for the peace and tranquility that it can provide to all those who wish to escape the pressures of life for a few blissful hours. Fishing also provides the opportunity to spend quality time in a peaceful non-intimidating setting talking and reconnecting with family and friends. As fishing skills develop, a level of self-confidence is attained and organizational and planning challenges are met.
In addition, it is our belief that children and adults who spend time recreating in the outdoors and communing with nature learn to love and understand our fragile environment. They become more interested in knowing the role that they play in conserving and enhancing our resources. With that knowledge, they may become better stewards of our resources making more informed choices about their daily activities that affect the environment and helping to influence others to cherish and enhance our natural heritage.
Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." The accolade is well-deserved, because Florida is far and away, the number-one recreational fishing destination in North America. With 3 million acres of lakes and ponds, 12,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 8,000 miles of coastline, you are always close to good fishing.
The FWC is actively providing opportunities, skills and resources to help parents and guardians to "take a kid fishing." This Web site will answer your questions about taking a kid fishing--you'll learn the why, what, when, where and how. We also provide some options for what to do when you can't be fishing to help your child learn more and remember their last trip.