Marine News from the Great Lakes

Women Are Key To Fishing

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
By: Norm Schultz

The term “glass ceiling” may be commonly used these days. But as another boating season kicks off on on the nation’s lake and rivers, perhaps women breaking through the “BASS CEILING” should be the better message.

So says Stephanie Vatalaro, vice president of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. “Despite a perceived lack of representation in fishing, 45% of last year’s new fishing participants were female, and that number continues to grow,” reports Vatalaro. “It’s why we at RBFF launched an initiative dubbed “Making Waves” designed to empower women and girls to cast off labels and rock the boat - with fishing pole in hand!”

Talk about a contradiction! Research shows kids are more likely to go fishing with their mom – a direct inconsistency with the idea that fishing is a boys club. Yet, a 2017 study revealed only 19.3% of women and girls thought a fishing participant looks like them. As more girls take an interest in fishing, moms have a great opportunity to set a strong example for their kids.

RBFF is partnering with Fishing’s Future to have events specifically for women and girls across the country. The mission of Fishing’s Future is to increase participation in recreational angling and promote the sport as a valuable means of connecting kids and families with nature and environmental stewardship.

So, ladies, sport fishing is for you! Take the kids fishing and start making your own fishing waves this summer. Find out more at

Reprinted with permission from Soundings Trade Only

Free Fishing Days Remaining in 2019

Illinois: June 14-17 -
Indiana: May 18 and June 1-2 - Indiana residents only -
Michigan: June 8-9 -
New York: June 29-30, September 28, and November 11 -
Ohio: May 4-5, Ohio residents only -
Ontario: May 11-12, June 15-16, June 29-July 7- Canadian residents only -
Wisconsin: June 1-2 -

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