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Annual Family and Youth Casting Call

Mark Your Calendar! The 2020 Family & Youth Casting Call will be held on Saturday, May 30 in Anacostia Park outside of the Aquatic Resources Education Center. Stay tuned for additional details and view the Frequently Asked Questions or contact [email protected] for more information.

Anacostia Park outside of the Aquatic Resources Education Center – 1900 Anacostia Drive SE

The event takes place along the banks of the Anacostia River in Anacostia Park, just outside of the Aquatic Resources Education Center and adjacent to the Skating Pavilion (see map). Additional directions are available on the National Park Service Anacostia Park website.

Angling Instruction for Youth

The Family & Youth Casting Call is an annual free event sponsored each spring by DOEE's Fisheries & Wildlife Division. DOEE provides fishing instruction, environmental education activities, and community resources to youth and their families. Families can bring their own fishing equipment or youth may use the spin casting equipment provided by DOEE. DOEE also supplies bait and organizes volunteer fishing instructors to help youth participants learn the basics of catch-and-release fishing in a fun, supportive setting.

Additional Environmental Education Activities

The event also includes environmental education stations hosted by DOEE and local partnering organizations in the Family and Youth Casting Call Angler Adventures Education Tent. Stations include wildlife, watershed, and pollution awareness activities, casting practice, local boating and fishing club and camp information, and a variety of other hands-on and informative features. Every year, the event attracts new partners that share our mission to connect youth and their families to nature through angling instruction and environmental education.

Register as an education partner to request a table in the Angler Adventures Education Tent.

Thank you to our 2018 partners! Anacostia Watershed Society, Bureau of Land Management, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Chesapeake Women Anglers, City Wildlife, DC Department of Public Works, FishingCommunity.Org, L.L. Bean, Live Like Jack Foundation, Living Classrooms Foundation DC, Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Environmental Protection, National Park Service, National Park Trust, Tilly’s Tyes, Trout Unlimited National Capital Chapter, Trout Unlimited Potomac-Patuxent Chapter, Trout Unlimited Tri-State Conservation & Fishing Camp, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Volunteers Needed: Angling Instructors
Angling instruction is offered in partnership with FishingCommunity.org. Volunteers are needed to assist with providing equipment and safety overviews, tying knots and baiting hooks, removing and releasing hooked fish, and repairing equipment. Register as a fishing volunteer.

Fishing in the District

There are more than 70 fish species that spend part or all of their lives in District of Columbia. Participants in previous family fishing events have hooked Blue Catfish, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Green Sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Striped Bass, White Perch, Yellow Perch, and even American Eel and Mummichog from the Anacostia River!

Anyone aged 16-64 fishing in the District of Columbia is required to have a fishing license. This event primarily focuses on youth aged 15 and below, which are exempt, but if you are interested in continuing the family fun, please learn more about licensing requirements and fishing in the District. The cost is $10.00 for District residents; $13.00 for non-residents. Purchase Your Fishing License>>

Save the date for more group opportunities to fish the river during Anacostia Family Fishing Days from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on July 7, August 3, September 8, and October 5.

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