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Kids Fishing Events

An easy way to get kids hooked is by going to a kids fishing event. Georgia events are offered during the spring and summer throughout the state. It’s a great way for kids to have a fun experience and takes the pressure off of parents and grandparents to ensure they hook a fish.

These events are often staffed by experienced volunteers and held at ponds and other spots that are stocked for kids. Georgia Wildlife Resources Division supports most events by providing channel catfish and trout to improve their chances and educational materials.

To find an event, visit

Educational Programs

Ask about field trips at your child’s school. Wildlife Resources Division has seven regional wildlife educational centers throughout the state. The Go Fish Education Center in Perry offers programs for all grade levels on fishing and conservation.

The Go Fish center offers educational programs that include on-site classroom programs, public workshops and seminars. Classroom programs are interactive, hands-on lessons that align to the Georgia Performance Standards. Live fish and wildlife exhibits, fishing simulators, educational displays and a theater offer several options for teaching conservation. For more information, visit

Summer Camps

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (hour east of Atlanta) offers numerous day and overnight summer camps on conservation and outdoor recreation for ages 6-15. Activities include fishing, canoeing, hiking, pond studies, orienteering and more. Visit

More Info Online

Visit for links to:

  • Find a Kids’ Fishing Event
  • Places to Take Kids Fishing
  • Tips for Fishing with Kids
  • “My First Fish” Certificate – download

Best Gift for a Young Angler

It’s never too early! Buy a lifetime license for a child and save hundreds.

Lifetime licenses are full privilege sportsman’s licenses ($55 annually), and include all state paid recreational hunting and fishing privileges. Lifetime licenses include hunting, big game, Wildlife Management Area (WMA), alligator, Georgia waterfowl conservation, salt and freshwater fishing and mountain trout licenses.

Consider the savings:


Lifetime License Cost

Under 2 years old


Ages 2-15


16 and older



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