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


Angler Instructor Certification Class

Location: Salina, KS

Type: Aquatic Education Event

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

Saturday, August 20, 2016 -9:00am to 12:00pm

Fishing's Future and the KDWPT is hosting an Angler Education Instructors certification course at the Lakewood Discovery Center in Salina, Kansas.  Anglers aspiring to teach fishing techniques to youth, families, and students in Kansas are encouraged to attend.

This course is free to the public, although we do require anyone enrolling to go to this link and complete the KDWPT ANS online course. certification.  After completing the ANS course you will be able to print your ANS Certification card.  Please bring this card to class with you. At class you will also be ask to sign a release and the KDWPT will run a background check to help ensure the safety of the children we all teach.

Teens between the ages of 12 to 17 may also attend  to get a Junior Ambassador card.  This form requires a permission form to be signed by a parent or legal guardian. If you are a teen and plan on attending, let me know and I will send the form to you once you register. Bring the completed form to the class with you.

Apart from becoming a certified angler education instructor, attendees will also be given valuable information regarding working with children, sample curriculum, and tips for preparing a class or clinic. Other subjects covered in the three hour class include current fishing regulations, species identification, fishing ethics, equipment, knot-tying, casting, fish habitat, aquatic nuisance species, and conservation practices.

Visit for more information and to register for the class.

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