Best time to go fishing: National Get Outdoors Day

It is quite common to wonder what the best time to fish is and the standard answer is whenever you can. Some times or tides are better than others, but the combination of this month’s great weather, hot freshwater and saltwater bites, Great Outdoors Month, and National Get Outdoors Day makes now the best time to go.

Schools are closed in many states, which means summer vacation has started. Swap your sneakers for waders, fill your backpack with tackle instead of books, and go fishing. There is no rush and that means you can stay outside for a long time. Over time you can go fishing more often, or why not take a trip? An extra day turns a long weekend into a fishing vacation.

Combine outdoor fishing with other outdoor activities. Camping and canoeing complement fishing, but so are hiking and kayaking. All you have to do is camp by a river, stream, pond lake and go to the water and catch a fish. If you like the salt then go to the coast. If you’re looking for somewhere to go, New England is the place for you. The striped bass and bluefish fishing is off the hook.

Now is a good time to visit one of the national parks. The crowd is lighter than July and August and the fishing is in full swing. Hmmm … light crowds and fishing mean you might have a river or creek to yourself. What’s better than that?

Happy Mother’s Day, Happy Father’s Day, and Happy Fourth of July but Happy National Outdoor Day? This is true; June 10th is National Get Outdoors Day. Closing 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the national program to get people to experience traditional and non-traditional outdoor activities. Nearly 150 official websites sponsor events across the country. Many states also offer free fishing days on June 10th. If you bring a non-fisherman in Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Michigan, and Louisiana, among others, they can fish for free.

Before you head to the backyard bar, go fishing for ice cream and baseball games. Take your family, take your friends, and go fishing outdoors.

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Take Me Fishing program of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fisherman’s Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at or

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