It is hard not to include water in some way when seeking “fun.” Any activity on or even near water is enjoyable but fun fishing trips can take the outing to a new level. When my crew wants some family fun fishing usually is the first activity proposed.

When trying to decide where to fish you may want to start with the Top places to fish and boat. These fun fishing trips are grouped by region and were nominated by anglers all over the country who especially like to take fishing vacations. You can also use our where to fish and boat interactive map.

And even though the economy is back humming along, the concept of the “stay-cation” is still something to consider.  Will a little research, you’ll discover plenty of overlooked water with family fun fishing potential, right in your backyard. For example, even though a couple of sea fishing trips are options, several of the fun fishing trips my family hopes to work in this summer incorporate kayaks and a smallmouth bass hotspot, the Allegheny River, just 5 minutes from our house.

“The more, the merrier” even can apply to family fishing trips as long as they are well planned. Fishing with your family means more crew members to keep safe, happy, and having fun. Plenty of fishing action takes care of a lot of this but you may need to be able to switch tactics to continue to keep your family catching something. Younger family members may just enjoy playing in the bait bucket.  Maybe ask your daughter if she wants to drive the boat for a while. Other activities such as camping or wildlife watching may contribute to fun fishing trips too. These amenities often can be found on the state websites or among most fishing regulation information when renewing your fishing license.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”…  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie.”  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.

Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well…

And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.   

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