Where to Go
If you're fortunate enough to live within a short drive of a slam-dunk fishery, you've got it made. And what qualifies as "slam-dunk" with kids is any place where a fish is considerate enough to impale itself on a hook. For beginning fishermen, size doesn't matter. Not only that, but in some cases it is even better for the fish to be small. While you may drool at the thought of easy-to-catch largemouths that run three or four pounds, for an angler under the age of seven or eight that might be more fish than he or she is ready to handle. As a rule of thumb, the more basic and less technical the fishery, the better. A put-and-take trout lake where you can catch a no-brainer limit by floating PowerBait off the bottom is, in all likelihood, a better destination than the blue-ribbon (and artificials-only) trout stream you dream about visiting on your own. Any river, lake or pond that is ready to yield fish without too much fuss is just the ticket.