National Fishing and Boating Week celebrates two of America’s favorite outdoor activities by highlighting some of the many fishing and boating opportunities available across the country during the first full week of June each year.
The weeklong recognition was started by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program and coincides with most states’ free fishing days.
Boating and fishing are fun, stress-relieving activities that can be enjoyed with family and friends year-round. From connecting with loved ones to de-stressing after a busy week, boating and fishing help to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Additionally, a portion of the revenue generated by the sale of fishing licenses is federally matched nearly three to one to fund freshwater and saltwater finfish conservation efforts and boating access improvements in Alabama.
Here are just a few ways to celebrate:
- Red Snapper Season opens June 1
- Free Fishing Day is June 8
- National Marina Day at Joe Wheeler State Park on June 8
- Trout fishing the Sipsey Fork below Smith Lake
- Visit one of Alabama’s 23 State Public Fishing Lakes
- Fishing or boating at an Alabama state park
- Fishing at a Forever Wild property
- Attend a fishing tournament
- Attend a community fishing event
- Paddle a State Lands Canoe Trail
- Experience the Alabama Scenic River Trail
- Show support for conservation efforts with your boat registration
If you’ve never been fishing before, it’s easy to get started. All it takes is some simple equipment and a few basic pointers and you can start reeling them in. For fishing tips and more, visit www.outdooralabama.com/freshwater-fishing/fishing-tips or www.outdooralabama.com/saltwater-fishing/saltwater-fishing-tips.
With the exception of Free Fishing Day (June 8), make sure to purchase a fishing license before your fishing trip. Licenses are available at various outdoors retailers throughout the state or online at www.outdooralabama.com/license-information.
Boaters and anglers are reminded to practice safety on the water during National Fishing and Boating Week including wearing a lifejacket. For more safe boating tips, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.