Teaching Your Kids to Fish at Adirondack Park


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Teaching Your Kids to Fish at Adirondack Park

Jon Sutton, Outdoor Empire

Fishing is a wonderful hobby that gets kids outside, where they can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Most kids love learning how to fish and pick it up quickly. In many cases, fishing becomes a lifelong hobby – your kids may even pass on your lessons to their own children someday.

And if you are going to teach your kids to fish, there are few better places to do so than Adirondack Park. But if you want your kids to love fishing, you’ll need to make sure they enjoy a bit of success at the outset. You can’t ever guarantee that you’ll catch fish on a given outing, but you can improve your chances by embracing the tips below.

Fishing Is All About Location

While it is sometimes difficult to find a good place to teach your children to fish, this isn’t a problem in Adirondack Park. Home to more than 10,000 lakes and 30,000 miles of flowing water, the park has fishing opportunities aplenty. Still waters are generally preferable when fishing with youngsters, but no matter which lake or pond you choose, you’ll want to concentrate on the places within each that are most likely to hold fish. Main lake points are often very productive locations, but docks, piers and rocky areas are also good places to try.

Keep It Simple When Fishing with Kids

Always be sure to set your kids up with the simplest equipment possible to ensure they spend their time fishing, rather than waiting on you to fix their tangled line or broken reel. Spinning reels will work, but spincasting combos, which feature a closed spool that is not as likely to cause tangles, are even better. Cane poles are the pinnacle of simplicity, and they work very well for youngsters pursuing bluegill or catfish.

Target Kid-Friendly Species

There are a number of lakes throughout the park that are routinely stocked with largemouth bass, walleye, salmon, trout and other prized gamefish, but bluegill, channel catfish, bullheads and yellow perch are plentiful in virtually all of the local lakes and ponds. Your kids are much more likely to catch panfish and bottom feeders than they are the wary gamefish that attract experienced anglers to the region, so it makes more sense to target them.

Use Productive Baits

Accomplished anglers often prefer using artificial lures, but your youngsters will have much more success using real baits to target panfish and cats. Earthworms are a time-tested winner, but crickets, leaches, wax worms and very small minnows can also be effective for eliciting bites. Be sure to use lightweight tackle and small hooks to achieve as many hooksets as possible. Attach a float a foot or two above the hook if you are trying to catch bluegill, perch and other fish that hang out just under the surface, but use a sinker if you are trying to catch catfish or bullheads.

Happy Anglers Are Successful Anglers

Be sure to keep morale high during the slow times, while you find yourself waiting for a nibble. The biggest challenge children experience with fishing relates to neither the techniques nor the equipment, but the boredom that sometimes occurs when the fish seem to temporarily disappear. Let your kids take breaks, enjoy the beautiful scenery and run around a little as necessary – they’ll come back when the fish return and fishing becomes fun again.  




There are few better ways to spend a summer day than teaching a youngster to fish, so come on out to Adirondack Park and get a few lines in the water. In the meantime, cruise on over to Outdoor Empire and check out their comprehensive guide on teaching kids to fish. There, you’ll find plenty of additional tips about choosing the best equipment for your child’s first outing, as well as tips for finding the fish and making the best of the day.

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