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American Angler Leagues

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Youth Fishing Seasons, Fishing Education, and Youth Fishing Tournaments

AGES 5-12

Do you have kids that love to fish?

Sign them up to fish in an American Angler League fishing season! 

Our goal is to provide "fishing" as one of the many options of activities that they can participate in with their friends year after year.  We help communities set up and run youth fishing leagues by providing structure and a competitive catch and release scoring model that can be applied on any body of water in the US.


    2017 National Youth Fishing Season

    July - August

    Any State, Any Body of Water

    Kids ages 5-12 years old earn points for going fishing and for what they catch

    Fishing scores will be tracked and updated to see how anglers compare with kids their age from across the country!

    AAL Youth Fishing FAQ's

    Who is eligible to participate?

    Any child who is between the age of 5 and 12. Anglers must be accompanied by an adult.

    When are the seasons and where do we fish?

    Season dates and fishing locations are determined by local league directors and are set up to match the best seasons to fish in your area

    What if we do not know anything about fishing, can we still participate?

    Yes.  One of the goals of the season is to introduce and teach as many people about fishing as possible.  We are relying on experienced anglers to recruit and take non-experienced anglers out fishing.  We know that everybody who wants to participate may not know an experienced fisher person.

    Ask a relative, friend, or trusted neighbor that has some fishing experience to teach you how to get started! 

    Use our Facebook Page, share this information with those in your community, and ask around as well to make a connection with someone with fishing experience.

    How does the scoring work?

    Anglers will earn points for going fishing and catching fish.   

    How much does an AAL Membership Cost?

    $40.00 per angler

    Why should I register if I already take my kids fishing? 

    We applaud you for taking your kids fishing.  Kids love to fish.  Kids love to fish with their friends on a team.  Kids also love to get awards. They love to keep score.  They love to compete. Now they can have a place to track their progress and work towards a goal of achieving an “fishing score”. The anglers will be representing their city and state! They will also be eligible to fish in various local, state, and national tournaments.

     What are the Age Divisions?

    The names do not refer to what each age group has to fish for!  They are just fun names just like mites, pewees, and bantams are to hockey.  

    Minnows Ages 5-6

    Panfish Ages 7-8

    Bass/Walleye Ages 9-10

    Muskie/Pike Ages 11-12