My father used to take me fishing when I was a little girl. He showed me how to make my own poles out of a fallen tree branch and fishing line or string. The poor man thought he was cursed to end up with three girls but my sisters and I always enjoyed going out with him (most of those gender sterotypes are thankfully gone today). When we were older he had a boat. Sadly I inherited my mother’s inner ear (meaning I get seasick) but I would still go out on the water with him.
There is nothing that beats a fishing trip with the family for future memories. Whether you are an fishing buff or have never fished before, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to take the family to a Virginia State Park or any Virginia waterway and experience a family fishing expedition. Virginia’s Governor Timothy Kaine has declared June 5-7. The only exception is stocked trout waters (which ordinarily require an additional fee) and fishing pier fees. Normal per car parking fees apply.
Virginia State Parks collected six awards for Kids’ Fishing
* False Cape State Park – Family FishingFestival
* First Landing State Park – Crabbing
* Holliday Lake State Park – Electro-Fishing Program
* Leesylvania State Park – Kids Fishing Tournament
* New River Trail State Park – Take AKid Fishing
* Smith Mountain Lake State Park – Youth Fishing Clinic
* Westmoreland State Park – Fishing on the Potomac River
* York River State Park – Kid’s Fishing Fanatic Tournament
It’s not too late to make camping or cabin reservations at many of our parks. On line reservations are available (if you want to stay in a cabin less than 7 nights you will need to call the reservation center) or call our Reservation and Information line at 800-933-7275, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance.