Fish and Aquatic Conservation
Young boy fishing on a rock along the Potomac River. Photo credit: Jerome Alissa

Let's Go Fishing. Catch the Fun!

Fishing funds conservation

One hundred percent of license fees go directly toward conservation and restoration, but licenses aren’t the only source of conservation funds. Each year, our Sport Fish Restoration Program distributes millions of dollars to state fish and wildlife resource agencies dedicated to restoration and enhancement projects across the country. This user-pay user-benefit reimbursement program relies on an excise tax paid by manufacturers, producers, and importers of sport fishing equipment as well as small engine and motorboat fuel taxes paid by recreational boaters. Since 1952, more than $8 billion in Sport Fish Restoration Program grant funds have been distributed to state agencies for approved grants, reimbursing them up to 75% of project costs. This includes fish management, species and habitat restoration, habitat protection, land acquisition, research, education, and public access for fishing and boating.

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Thank you to all anglers, boaters, manufacturers and importers for supporting conservation while keeping our outdoor tradition alive!

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Expert Tips to Hook the Perfect Fish

Whether you are a beginning angler wondering about walleye or teaching your kids to fish for crappie, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite fishing tips from the experts who raise them.

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father and son fishing at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery

Find a Place to Fish

Use this interactive map from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation to search for local fishing spots and the best places to boat.

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Responsible Fishing Tips for New Anglers

It's also a great way to spend quality time outdoors with family and friends. Whether a first-timer or someone that's not fished in years, we're providing some basic information to help get you started.

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Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing

Let’s Go Fishing! is part of the National Park Service’s popular Junior Ranger program. A great opportunity to teach young people about fishing and conservation through participation.

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