Taking a child fishing is a chance to make memories, pass along skills, explore the outdoors, slow down, talk and laugh together and—with luck—feel the thrill of the catch.
Even when the fish aren’t biting, Washington fishing spots are teeming with wildlife to watch. For a child, a fishing outing can turn into a nature show featuring insects, frogs, turtles, hawks, eagles, otters, seals, deer and other creatures.
Visit our Youth Fishing webpage for kid-friendly fishing information and a list of “Fishing Kids” opportunities just for young anglers.
When fishing with a youngster, keep safety first. By law, children 12 and younger must wear a USCG–approved life jacket when under way in a boat or other vessel less than 19 feet in length, unless it is in a fully-enclosed area. Young children should also wear life jackets anywhere near the water.
Washington fishing licenses are not required for youth age 14 and younger.