National Go Fishing Day | June 18
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


National Go Fishing Day on June 18th each year encourages us to drop a line – in the nearest stream, pond, lake, or river. Taking a break from our daily routine to bait a hook and catch some fish can be a relaxing endeavor. 


In addition to providing food, fishing is a recreational pastime for many. Recreational fishing includes conventions, rules, licensing restrictions, and laws that limit the way in which fish may be caught. A rod, reel, line, and hooks with any one of the different forms of bait or lures, are the most common form of recreational fishing.

The practice of catching (or attempting to catch) fish with a hook is known as angling. Catch and release (returning the fish to the water to continue its life) is often the expectation or requirement by law. For others, this is a preferred form of fishing. 

Hobbyists with knowledge of habitat, foraging behavior, and migration hone their fishing techniques for a successful fishing adventure. Some fishermen continue to follow fishing folklore by claiming the sun and the moon influence fish feeding patterns.

The earliest known English essay on recreational fishing was published in 1496. 

During the 16th and 17th centuries, recreational fishing began to gain popularity. In 1653, Izaak Walton published a book titled, The Compleat Angler or Contemplative Man’s Recreation. Walton’s book is the definitive work championing the position of the angler who loves fishing just for the sake of it.


Grab your rod and reel, some bait, and go fishing! Take a selfie while wearing this funny fishing t-shirt. Share it with your co-workers stuck back at the office.

Whether it’s your favorite river or lake, or out on the ocean, from the shore or from a watercraft, drop a line in the water and see what you can catch. Bring a friend or teach someone else how to reel them in. 

Share your whopper using #NationalGoFishingDay on social media. Enjoy your fresh fillets using this Easy Fried Fish Fillet recipe.


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this angling holiday.

June 18th Celebrated History


The United States declared war against Great Britain.


Judge Hunt orders a jury of twelve men to find Susan B. Anthony guilty. Anthony was charged with illegally voting in a New York election in April of that year. When Anthony’s counsel requested the jury polled, the request was denied. Anthony was fined $100 plus court costs. In a separate hearing, the poll workers who accepted her vote were fined $25 plus court fees.


NASA launches the first American woman into space. Twenty-two years after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, Sally Ride took her turn aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

June 18th Celebrated Birthdays

George Mallory – 1886

The British mountaineer who led teams up Mount Everest, died in 1924 while ascending the mountain once again.

Robert Mondovi – 1913

Robert Mondavi dedicated his career to creating wines that competed with the best in the world. He built his business in the Northern California Napa Valley where vineyards flourish today.

Sylvia Porter – 1913

The American journalist is best known for her nationally syndicated finance column.

Paul McCartney – 1942

The British singer/songwriter and musician gained fame as one of the original Beatles. He developed an award-winning solo career.

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