Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services partners with local community organizations to introduce children to fishing at youth fishing rodeos in order to:
Youth fishing rodeos are a great way to introduce a child to fishing - even if you have never been fishing yourself. Fishing rodeos are typically held at small ponds or lakes and are aimed at helping beginners successfully catch a fish.
Fishing and Boating Services partners with community organizations through our Youth Fishing Rodeo Program. Events are sponsored by a wide variety of community and non-profit organizations and the department works with these organizations to provide support and assistance. Rodeos are held throughout the state between March and October and are generally open to participants from 3 to 15 years of age. Each year, thousands of children get their first fishing experience at a rodeo event and event organizers work hard to make sure all the children have a fun and exciting time. Most events provide bait or fishing gear and have volunteers on hand to help the kids learn to fish. Others even add food and prizes to make the day one they won't soon forget.
If you are interested in introducing your child to fishing at a youth fishing rodeo, the most current listing of events is now available. Throughout the spring and summer months, several Maryland State Parks are hosting their own youth fishing events.
If your organization is interested in sponsoring a youth rodeo event and would like to request support or assistance through the department's Youth Fishing Rodeo Program, Please complete the Youth Fishing Rodeo Program Application. More information about the program is available in this letter.
Important note: The terms and conditions for the Youth Fishing Rodeo Program have changed. Please see the updated policy here. The updated policy is currently in effect for all rodeos. Coordinators are required to submit a post–event report from a prior event to be granted a rodeo permit or
receive fish the next year.
If you have any questions or would like more information about this program, please feel free to contact our Youth Fishing Rodeo Program Coordinator:
Youth Fishing Rodeo Program Coordinator
Albert Powell State Fish Hatchery
20901 Fish Hatchery Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-393-5940 (ext. 108) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth fishing rodeos are a great way to introduce a child to fishing and the department is proud to partner with a wide variety of community organizations to provide children with a positive fishing experience which inspires and excites them. Here are a few helpful tips to consider when planning your event:
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)