Aquatic Education Programs

Fishing Clinic

The small, freckle-faced 6-year-old boy with wispy-brown hair bit his lip as he struggled and grunted with his task at hand. He had just hooked his first fish and was intent on landing it, oblivious to the shrieks and cheers of other children around him. He finally beached his prize, a fat and flopping 2-pound channel catfish, and smiled with an ear-to-ear grin worth a thousand words. This is a scene replayed countless times by many children during fishing clinics sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.

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Fishing clinics are hosted by department employees at state fishing lakes, parks, and city lakes and ponds. Most are geared toward younger children and others who may not have much experience with fishing techniques and tactics. They are held throughout the spring and summer months and occasionally in the fall.

Content covered in a clinic varies by presenters, but all have fishing as a central theme. Fish identification, management, casting demonstrations, equipment, water safety, and even fish cooking are a few areas covered. Plenty of time is devoted to baiting hooks and catching fish, too. The primary species caught during fishing clinics include bluegill, green sunfish (often mistakenly called "perch"), channel catfish, and large-mouth bass.

Participants don't even need their own equipment. Rods, reels, and other necessary fishing equipment will be provided for use at the fishing clinics.

Fishing clinics serve to educate and entertain thousands of Kansas youngsters each year. Information and experience gained during these clinics remain with children forever. Those involved learn to appreciate the joys fishing can offer and the rewards of a fine day on the water.

If you would like more information on fishing clinics in your area, contact the nearest office of the KDWPT or the Pratt Operations Office at (620) 672-5911.

Aquatic Education Calendar


Fishing Clinic/Derby

Location: Leavenworth KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Other Information:

Open to youths ages 3 - 15 at Happy Hollow Lake (19749 Happy Hollow Road, Leavenworth, KS).  This is a free fishing event.  Come join us for a morning of fishing, fun, and refreshments.  Refreshments will be provided! Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips, Pop and Water.  Bait will be provided!! Bring your own poles!  Fishing Derby is Catch and Release only

For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911


Hilltop Lodge Retirement Home Fishing

Location: Emerson Lake in Jewell, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

This is a closed fishing event.  To volunteer, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911.


Summer Kids Cafe

Location: Beloit, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Friday, July 13, 2018

Contact: Scott Waters

Phone No: (785) 545-3345

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

This is a non-fishing event.  Aquatic resource education activities will be presented by staff and volunteers.  For more information, please contact Scott Waters at (785) 545-3345.


Smoky Hill Outdoor Youth Festival

Location: Salina, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

Free Youth Event at the Smoky Hill Weapons Range (8429 West Farrelly Rd) in Salina, KS.  Limited to 300 youth (6-17 years old) and registration is required.  Participants will receive instruction in fishing, archery, muzzloaders, tomahawks, camping and MORE!!!  All youth must be accompanied by an adult the entire event and all materials provided.  DO NOT bring your own firearms.

Registration available through Facebook at:  facebook.comm/smokyhillyouthfest
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Hoisington High School Field Day

Location: Harlan, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Contact: Mark Shaw

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

This is a closed aquatic resource education event for Hoisington High School.  To volunteer to help, please contact Mark Shaw, district fisheries biologist, at (785) 425-6775.

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