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Hooked on Fishing...Not on Drugs

Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs is an interdisciplinary, hands-on supplemental program for youth in grades K-12. This program provides youngsters with more than a "Just Say NO!" response to the temptations of alcohol and drug abuse.

Through the sport of fishing and active learning about the aquatic environment, both classroom and drug prevention objectives are met. The free program is adaptable to a variety of instructional settings and geographic locations.

"Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs" was developed by the non-profit Future Fisherman Foundation, an arm of the American Sportfishing Association.

  • "Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs" motivates students, stimulates learning, strengthens family and peer relations and engages students in a challenging activity in an outdoor setting.

  • The Division of Fish and Wildlife sponsors and serves as a support agency for the program in New Jersey and provides literature, films and videos, field trip destinations, fishing equipment, technical advice and trained facilitators.

Target Audience(s)
Students in grades K-12

Additional Information
Division of Fish and Wildlife
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Pequest Natural Resource Education Center
605 Pequest Road
Oxford NJ 07863
Phone: 908-637-4125
Fax: 908-637-6735
HOFNOD Brochure pdf.

Get Hooked - Host a Free Youth Fishing Challenge June 10th

NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program will host its 2nd annual statewide Youth Fishing Challenge (YFC). The goals are to introduce families to New Jersey’s excellent freshwater fishing and to encourage children to avoid drugs, alcohol and tobacco by pursuing fun activities like fishing.

This year’s event goal is to have at least one host location in each of the 21 counties across the state. For information on how you can host a community-based YFC, please visit This FREE event will be held rain or shine. Participants should consider pre-registering with a host site.

The Hooked On Fishing-Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge targets participants age 20 and younger. Winners are eligible to receive prizes for the fish they catch (rules, age requirements and time of event will vary depending on the challenge location). Participants must be present at the end of the event to claim prizes. Parents and guardians are encouraged to enjoy fishing during the challenge, but are ineligible for prizes.

Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs is an interdisciplinary, hands-on youth fishing education program for school-aged children sponsored by Division of Fish & Wildlife. The goal of this program is to redirect youth from the temptation of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco by engaging them in socially positive activities like kayak fishing, learning about the value of clean water and supporting community-service by doing stream clean-ups and planting trees.

For information about the Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge, including event locations, registration information, rules and an event flyer, visit: Each hosting organization/location may have its own rules or “need to know” information, and participants are asked to check directly with the host location.

To learn more about the Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs Program in New Jersey, visit: