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It's Not Just About Catching Fish

Fishing is the gateway through which the world of the great outdoors is opened to any visitor.


The fish, other aquatic species, and the habitat where they thrive hold tremendous value. There are over 220,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers and more than 10 million acres of fishable lakes and reservoirs on the National Forest and Grasslands. We help to improve and protect the habitat for many fish and other aquatic species with high conservation, cultural, and economic value.

Great Places to Fish with us

These are some of the great places on national Forests and Grasslands recreational fishing opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a bayou, fresh-water stream, or Scenic River, a myriad of rich fishing options await. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, contact your local National Forest or Grassland for more information.

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      Types of Fishing
      From beginners to experts, there are many kinds of fishing available for visitors. Discover, explore and enjoy various types of fishing on a National Forest or Grassland near you.
      Sport Fishing
      Love entertainment? Enjoy the sport of fishing whether for fun or as part of a competition.
      Fly Fishing
      Enjoy a relaxed day fishing. Fly fishing lets you experience fishing using artificial flies to catch fish in fresh or salt water.
      Ice Fishing
      Like spending time outdoors during winter? Have a unique experience fishing on any spot of a lake or river without a boat.
      Boat Fishing
      Passion for adventure? Through boat fishing you will have the opportunity to find different species of fish.

Learn some of the basics of boating and fishing, stay up to date on your state’s most recent regulations and licensing requirements, and find locations to fish across the country at and

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Other Opportunities
With over 300 youth fishing events, and state-sponsored free fishing days, we partner with others to develop the next generation of aquatic resource stewards. Our partners offer events and opportunities to get out and fish in an area near you. We work in cooperation with state fish and wildlife agencies and with many partners, like the American Sportfishing Association, Future Angler Foundation, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Trout Unlimited, and Urban American Outdoors, to promote recreational fishing across the country.

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Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Future Angler Foundation

Recreational Boat and Fishing Foundation
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Urban American Outdoors