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Making Your "First Catch" in a National Forest
Making Your "First Catch" in a National Forest

Let's say you don't know anybody to take you fishing and you don't know where to go. So you're out of luck, right?

Wrong, because this video and the many of the others on this website will help guide you to realistic pathways to making your first catch. Besides watching the video here, check out this link on where to fish on YOUR National Forests, plus explore the step-by-step guide to creating your passport to angling adventure on a National Forest.

If you take the time to decode this video, you'll discover the steps of how these two girls not only found places to go trout fishing on National Forests, they did their own online and in-person research on exactly where to go to catch their first trout. They also did something else that helped them learn where and how to catch a trout... they took the initiative to actually ask mentors to take them trout fishing. So watch this video and learn how you can do the same.

When you're done, take the time to also watch the Your Best Waters video (click on that thumbnail on the right), and discover where many of the best waters in the nation come from and what it means to you and the ecosystems they nourish.

Admittedly, if you're trying to make your first catch (that means catching your first fish), trout may be more of a challenge than perhaps a panfish or catfish. But don't let the challenge stop you. Just the process of fishing for trout will take you on a journey of fishing adventure that's ideal to share with family or a friend. Here's why:

  • Trout fishing habitat is often located in remote streams or lakes in pristine environments... like in your National Forests. Just finding and exploring where trout live can be an exciting adventure even if you don't always catch a trout.
  • Trout need certain habitats to thrive, so finding what watersheds they live in, then locating where the best places in the stream to fish for them can offer you great lessons in trout ecology. And part of fishing for them is learning what are the best baits, lures, or flies to try and catch them in different ecosystems.
  • As you'll see in the video, trout fishing on streams requires that you "hunt" for the right places to fish using your eyes, legs, and smarts. That also contributes to the sense of adventure of weaving your way upstream to see what's around the next bend in the river.
  • Even though we recommend you practice responsible "catch-n-release" to help preserve our fish resources, we also know that you might enjoy sharing a delicious trout meal with your family and friends. If you do, practice wise use of the resource and only legally harvest what you need... and don't forget to wet your hands when unhooking and carefully releasing the trout you let go.

To learn more about trout, trout habitat, trout fishing, and the habitat restoration work of conservation groups like Trout Unlimited, check out the reference links below... such as TU's Save Our Steams youth clubs.

Wherever you try to fish for trout, please remember to check beforehand on local fishing regulations and license requirements, including the need for a "trout stamp" that helps pay for trout habitat. To learn more about trout, trout habitats, and fishing for trout, click on the LEARN MORE button below, plus have your teacher download the free lesson activities below. You might get so interested in the wonderful world of trout that you may even want to plan a trout fishing adventure with your family or peeps.

For all kinds of other helpful information and resources on how kids can learn where-to and how-to go fishing, explore our companion KidsFishing.US website. To discover more about becoming a future angler, visit our educational partners that helped make this video, webpage and lesson possible by clicking on their logos below.