I often write about fishing in far-flung wild locales, but some of my favorite fishing spots are found in places that anyone can easily accessâ€”state parks. When you think about it, state parks are really the backbone of our sport, as many anglers enjoy their first experiencesâ€”and regular recreational getawaysâ€”on their waters. Some have become fishing meccas, while others remain semi-hidden gems. I can promise you that thereâ€™s no limit to the fishing adventures and challenges you can find by fishing within various state parks from coast to coast.
Take Me Fishingâ„˘ is launching a Facebook promotion called â€śNatureâ€™s Waterpark Showdownâ€ť next week, where you can check out more information on great state parks for fishing and boating from various regions throughout the country. Readers are also encouraged to vote for their favorite state parks based on boating fishing, and family fun; eventually the field will be winnowed down to reveal the very best in each part of the country.
Simply visit the â€śTakeMeFishing.orgâ€ť Facebook page next week to check all this outâ€¦ you might even win a prize by doing so. Iâ€™d tell you what my favorite state parks for fishing are, but I donâ€™t want to influence any votingâ€¦ youâ€™ll hear more about my favorite spots in coming weeks.
Speaking of the weeks ahead, did you know that next week is National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW)? Sure, itâ€™s about raising awareness and promoting the joys of boating and fishing, but in many states, this week offers â€śfree fishingâ€ť opportunities for new anglers to experience some fishing without having to pay for licenses. Please do check carefully, however, with your state and local agencies to understand the specifics of any free fishing programs, if they are indeed happening where you live.
Of course, the whole reason anglers are encouraged to get out on the water for a few days of free fishing is the hope that theyâ€™ll stick with it and buy licenses down the road. Fishing licenses are the main source of funding that goes right back into protecting, preserving and managing the fisheries we all enjoy. So if you havenâ€™t re-upped the few bucks it costs for your license, why not make NFBW the reason to do so?
And why not fish or boat in a state park while youâ€™re at it?