Checklist for a Successful Kids Fishing Trip

Pro-staff Contributor: Rich Lindgren

There are few things I find more rewarding than taking my girls out on a fishing trip and exposing them to the enjoyment of the outdoors. I think it’s important to get the kids out on the water so that we can spend some time together and they can begin a lifetime of embracing outdoor activities.

When taking kids out fishing, there are a few items I am sure to bring that make the trip more enjoyable for everyone!  A life jacket is crucial–it’s the law and kid’s safety is nothing to fool with.  I also make sure to bring lots of snacks & drinks–no matter how good the fishing is, kids have more fun with snacks.  It’s obvious that you need to bring bait, but regardless of whether the bait is live or artificial, I recommend bringing some small bait in order to target panfish.  I also make sure to pack a camera so that I never miss out on capturing all of the fun. You never know when that picture-perfect moment will arise!  Finally, it’s important to keep an open mind because it’s not always about the fishing–boat rides, swimming or just playing in the boat are all fair game.

Make it more about the experience of being in the outdoors and not always about the catch. When it comes to fishing, remember that most kids would rather catch one hundred little ones than one big one.

Checklist for Kids Fishing Trip

Rich Lindgren is a tournament bass angler living in Lakeville, MN chasing bass all over Minnesota and its adjoining states. Bass blogger, podcaster and fishing promoter. You’ll see him fishing the Minnesota bass tournament scene representing and Dobyns Rods among others. You can follow him on Twitter (@HellaBass) and like him on Facebook (


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