Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions to help you plan your day at the Family & Youth Casting Call.

What is the Family and Youth Casting Call?
When is the Family and Youth Casting Call?
When should I arrive and how long is the event?
Where is the Family and Youth Casting Call?
What does it cost to participate?

Do I need to pre-register?
What kind of fish are in the canal and how did they get there?
What do I do with the fish after I catch it? 
What do I need to bring?
What happens if it rains? 
Should I bring lunch or will there be food onsite? 
What else is there to do other than fish?
Do I need a fishing license?
Contact Family & Youth Casting Call: familyyouthcastingcall@gmail.com




What is the Family and Youth Casting Call?
Local and national fishing and conservation organizations host the Family & Youth Casting Call to help “set the hook” for children to learn about nature and fishing in the Washington, DC area.

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When is the Family and Youth Casting Call?
The Family and Youth Casting Call will be Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm.  
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When should I arrive and how long is the event?
The event is designed to allow participants to come and go as they please throughout the 10 am to 3 pm timeframe. Typically the largest crowds arrive at the start of the event, so help us by staggering the crowd flow throughout the day. The average family will likely stay for one to two hours.

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Where is the Family and Youth Casting Call?
The Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove is located at 4940 Canal Rd in Washington, D.C. between Key and Chain Bridges, 2.5 miles northwest of Georgetown along Canal Road at the western end of Reservoir Road.  Entrance and exit is through a one-lane driveway parallel to the wall along Canal Road and adjacent to the large white stone house known as the "Abner Cloud House." There is ample parking between the canal and the River at the end of the driveway.

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What does it cost to participate?
Nothing, the event is free.

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Do I need to pre-register? No it is not mandatory but we’d appreciate it if you would pre-register by clicking here.

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What kind of fish are in the canal and how did they get there? A net is placed on each end of a section of the C&O Canal and stocked with nearly 2,000 warm water fish for kids to catch.

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What do I do with the fish after I catch it? We will have plenty of volunteers helping families at the event to bait hooks, give pointers on fishing and to help when someone catches a fish. All fish caught will be released back into the canal. When the event is over, the nets will be removed and the fish will swim freely in the canal.

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What do I need to bring? We provide all the gear you will need to catch fish! Keep an eye on the weather to guide you on what else you should bring. If it is warm and sunny, you should plan to bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of drinking water. If the weather is overcast or if it is raining, you should bring warm, dry clothes and boots.

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What happens if it rains? The Family and Youth Casting Call is a rain or shine event. We only cancel the event if the park is closed. We have tents for the displays and activities – and fish don’t care if it’s raining outside! So bring your rain gear and boots if the weather forecast calls for showers!

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Should I bring lunch or will there be food onsite? There will be a vendor at Fletcher’s Cove where you can purchase your lunch, or you are welcome to bring your own and picnic on-site.

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What else is there to do other than fish? When not fishing, children will Explore, Learn and Protect to get their NPS Junior Ranger Badge through activities like water quality testing, fly casting or fly tying, fish art, casting practice, touch tanks and so much more! Partner agencies and organizations will have displays set up so you can learn about how they are helping fish and fishing across the country. Click here to see what else there is to do.

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Do I need a fishing license? In Washington, DC, anglers under 16 do not need a license, but the adult fishing with them does need to have one. For this event ONLY, the District Department of the Environment will provide all participants 16 years of age and over with a free one day license. After the event, if you would like to go fishing again, you will need to purchase a license. Go to Take Me Fishing to find your state’s fishing regulations and where you can purchase a license.
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