I have always been a huge proponent of getting kids outside to do anything.
Personal electronic devices, as handy as they are, sometimes rob our youth of the outdoor lifestyle. That is awful!
Having raised five kids I know the difficulties in getting and keeping them interested in anything.
Our five have differing levels of enjoyment when it comes to hunting and fishing. And that is fine. But none of them can ever say they were not exposed to it enough to make their decisions about it.
Now my life has taken me down that path once again. With 6 grandkids, they’re also showing interest levels at different rates. My best example are my 2 oldest granddaughters. Makenzie is 13 and Faith is 8 years old.
These two young ladies had their first fishing experience at 4 to 5 years of age. Both enjoyed it and both became once or twice a year anglers.
For some reason, that changed this year for both of them. I have no idea why, but it makes me very happy.
Faith and Mak are very competitive sisters. They learned this, I am certain, from their two brothers, Ayden and Connor.
So now, like flipping a switch, both of these girls want to fish every time, all the time. I Love It!!
There are, however, some things to consider when fishing with girls. Some are obvious while others are more subtle.
Let me use my decades of experience fishing with kids to help you out.
Comfort is the most important thing to consider when taking girls fishing. Consider the weather. Too hot, not good. Too cold, probably worse. Raining, not gonna happen.
Watch the weather and plan your trips wisely. A stocked cooler and snack bag is also highly recommended.
NEVER FORGET that restroom breaks are going to be drastically different for your young female anglers. They cannot just pick a bush or tree and make it happen like the boys.
Have this thought out ahead of time because when it is time, it is too late to figure it out then.
There is also a varying amount of the “Yuck” factor. All girls are different when it comes to what they will or will not touch. Be aware of this and do not force anything on them.