Life Lessons your kids can learn from a fishing trip

fishing with dad

Fishing was never really a big part of my childhood. Living in Washington State you'd think I was born a fisherman, but truth is, my parents just weren't into it. Sure we did a little fishing here and there during family camping trips, but that was about all the fishing I had done. As a matter of fact I didn't really start fishing until I was in my early to mid twenties.

When My oldest daughter turned 3 years old, I brought her to the local fishing hole for the first time. At first she seemed to be more interested in the grass and all the bugs that surrounded the pond rather than the fishing part of it. That all changed though as soon as she reeled in her first fish. I couldn't tell who was more excited, me or her.

Over the years I've seen the impact that these fishing trips have had on my daughter in her daily life. The way she acts, her respectfulness, and her desire to never give up on anything, I think, all started with our first fishing trip.

Life Lessons Learned From Fishing Trips


The majority of kids are impatient, and fishing can get a little boring, but fishing can teach them to sit still. The lesson here is to show them that good things come to those who wait. In this case, a fish!


Like many things, fishing has rules. From fish size limits, restricted fishing areas, and hooks, kids will learn the importance of rules at a very young age.


Nothing is more disappointing than fighting a fish all the way to the shore and right when you think you have it, you lose it. All that work and no fish to show for it. Almost makes you want to give up. Fishing truly defines what it means to be persistent. Showing your kids that the reward of the catch outshines the disappointment from the ones that were lost.


When my kids and I go fishing everything we do, we do as a team. Whether its carrying tackle and equipment from the truck to the fishing spot, or helping each other hold the net to land the fish. They learn what it means to be a part of a team and how to be a team player.


This one-on-one time is probably the one thing I cherish most from these trips. We see a side of each other that we just don't see at other times. It's a perfect time to just open up to each other, lay it all out, and just have fun.