Fishing is one of America's favorite outdoor recreational pastimes.
The California Fishing Passport Program is grounded in the belief that fishing
offers an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with family and create
Getting out on the water helps reduce stress and makes people feel good.
Fishing enhances appreciation for the natural world.
Studies show that nine in 10 Americans believe outdoor recreation benefits the
environment because it gives people a reason to care about the resources upon
which their activities depend.
By participating, anglers provide vital funding.
Fewer than 10 percent of recreational anglers are aware that their participation
plays a vital role in sustaining resources and promoting safe and responsible use
of our nation's waters (Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation). CDFW's
freshwater and aquatic resource management budget is largely supported by
fishing license sales and Sport Fish Restoration funds. These funds are derived
from motorboat fuel taxes and a special excise tax on fishing tackle and
Getting Kids Involved
Children need to get off the couch and re-ignite their innate sense of curiosity
and awe in nature.
Being out on the water fishing provides an excellent opportunity to teach kids
new things about the environment and fishing and boating safety skills.
Kids enjoy feeling included and there isn't a better way to instill responsibility in
children than by teaching them how to fish.
Time spent fishing connects family and friends.
Fishing is something everyone can do and learning to fish is half the fun.