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Fishing Along the Shore May 2012

By Nadine Meyer, Aquatic Education Specialist

May 2012


Fishing Pier

Many of my fondest fishing memories from my youth are from docks and shorelines. I remember the reedy leaves of cattails waving in the wind, the hollow sound of my footsteps on the wooden dock, the pure joy of catching a wriggly bluegill or perch or bullhead, and the calm I felt inside while there. Often I was with my grandmother or mom, but many times I was fishing on my own. Having the freedom to go fishing when I wanted made me feel empowered as a child and helped build my self-esteem.

The beauty of shore fishing with kids is that it is relatively easy, it is relatively inexpensive, and often accessible for youth even when you are not available to take them fishing. Once you share the basic fishing skills, knowledge, and rules with your youth, they are ready to actively participate in fishing on their own.

Shore Fishing Skills Basics

Shore Fishing Safety

Shoreline Activities

Here are some other activities you can do with your youth while fishing along the shore or on a pier.

Lesson 1:4 - Water Habitat Site StudyThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (43 pages | 8.3 MB) This lesson provides identification keys for aquatic invertebrates, plants, and other organisms found along the shore.

Lesson 2:3 - Fish FamiliesThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (23 pages | 3.4 MB) Using illustrations of fish, youth learn how to classify common game fish into families.

Lesson 4:1 - Fishing Regulations and SportsmanshipThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (24 pages | 1.6 MB) Take a little scavenger hunt through the fishing regulations book to familiarize yourself and your youth about the rules for fishing in Minnesota.

Preparing for Your Fishing Trip

Lesson 6:3 - Planning a Fishing TripThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (19 pages | 2.4 MB), gives youth an opportunity to use the MN DNR LakeFinder and to learn more about the lake they are going to visit using a variety of resources available on the internet.