We love to fish and we have families, so that means during our epic quest to catch and eat every kind of freshwater fish in New Hampshire sometimes we have to fish with kids. This article can be used a as your guide to fishing with small kids.
Step 1: Get Over Your Ego
The first and the hardest thing for a die hard angler to do is leave your ego at home. Don't plan on catching any fish yourself. We know this is hard but if you want to have a good time, check your pole at the door. The goal here is to instill a love of fishing on your kids, so make this about them. Get them fun fishing poles, and neat looking gear. Involve them with choosing hooks, bobbers and bait. Even better, have them dig worms in the yard before you go.
Step 2: Choose the Right Spot
Pick a spot where lots of fish live. We usually choose really small ponds or rivers and make sure we pick a spot where we can see the fish. Another thing to look for is other things to do at the spot. Is there a playground near? If you are canoeing is there a really cool sandbar or beach to play at? We fish a lot with 5 year olds who have the attention span of gnats so there has to be other things to do. We are fans of fishing with kids in weird spots, like neighborhood construction ponds, you'll be surprised how many fish live in tiny waters.
Step 3: Pack Snacks
If you are a dad taking your kids fishing, pack snacks that mom won't approve of! If you're a mom pack what dad would pack. Hungry kids can ruin your trip, so have snack handy at all times. When your kid gets grumpy, shove some junk food in his mouth and you've increased your fishing time by half and hour!