Today's children will be the the next generation of American anglers, or not. With the vast angling resources available across the Adirondacks, parents and educators, it would be negligent to deny children the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively utilize such resources.
As a parent, I'd prefer that my child was out wading on a local stream than hanging out on a street corner.
Tips and techniques
for young anglers
There are a few key points that parents should be aware of when venturing out with children on an angling adventure. You don't need a boat full of fancy gear. Often, it's much easier to fish from shore. Always be positive and enthusiastic; make fishing a fun and enjoyable activity.
Let the kids gain competency by practice casting on the lawn at home. Provide a target such as an apple basket to improve accuracy.
Watch the weather and insure that outings are short, exciting and productive. Pick a place that is easy to get to, comfortable, and safe.
Bring along plenty of snacks, lunch, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, swimsuits, towels and first aid basics.
Make the trip comfortable for everyone and above all have patience with snagged lines, lost tackle and missed fish. Praise them often, you will accomplish more with positive feedback than a reprimand.
Target species most likely for success such as perch, sunnies or rock bass and use live bait such as worms, minnows or grasshoppers.
They don't have to catch the largest fish in the pond, but due to a shorter attention span, they must have activity. The key point is to fish where action is assured to avoid boredom. Keep it simple and use reliable equipment that is intended for novices. A short rod with a push button, spin casting reel is much easier to use than a long rod with an open face spinning reel.