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SOCIAL CIRCLE – No one probably “needs” a reason to go fishing and boating … but the onset of National Fishing and Boating Week provides one more excuse to get outdoors. Georgians who love the state’s many rivers and waterways are encouraged to celebrate NFBW June 5-13 by staff with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“Boating and fishing are great activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends and that provide many benefits,” Scott Robinson, chief of the WRD Fisheries Management Section, said in a news release. “Benefits include connecting with family members, providing an opportunity for stress relief, and actively supporting conservation efforts with the purchase of a fishing license, equipment and boating fuel.”

National Fishing and Boating Week debuted in 1979 and was created to recognize the tradition of fishing, to broaden the spirit of togetherness and to share the values and knowledge of today’s anglers with tomorrow’s anglers.

In the spirit of introducing new family members or friends to the sport of angling, Georgia offers two free fishing days — June 5 and 12, both Saturdays — during this special week. On these days, Georgia residents do not need a fishing license, trout license or Lands Pass to fish.

There are so many great places to fish in Georgia, from trout streams in north Georgia, to large reservoirs, to lazy rivers in the southern part of the state. Anglers can always start at one of the 11 Public Fishing Areas (https://georgiawildlife.com/allpfas) or at one of many Georgia State Parks (https://gastateparks.org/) that offer fishing opportunities for family and friends. There also will be multiple kids fishing events on these days (https://license.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com/Event/Calendar.aspx).

According to the National Fishing and Boating Week website, one of the main reasons people don’t go fishing or boating is because no one has invited them. Georgia’s many outdoor enthusiasts can help change that by making it a mission during National Fishing and Boating Week, or the next time they go fishing, to take someone new: a child, a relative or a friend.

For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week and all it has to offer, including free fishing days, nearest kids fishing event or places to fish, visit georgiawildlife.com/nfbw.

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This article originally ran on albanyherald.com.

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