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

05/26/2018

Kids Fishing Derby - Jewell, KS

Location: Jewell City Lake

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

Open fishing event for youth at Jewell City Lake in Jewell, KS.  Time TBD.  


06/02/2018

14th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

Location: Glen Elder Reservoir

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018

Contact: Scott Waters

Phone No: 785) 545-3345

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

Annual youth fishing tournament at Glen Elder Reservoir.  For more information, contact Scott Waters, district fisheries biologist, at (785) 545-3345.


OK Kids Day at Norton Reservoir

Location: Norton Reservoir

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018

Contact: Mark Shaw

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

Annual OK Kids Day at Norton Reservoir and Prairie Dog State Park. For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Mark Shaw, district fisheries biologist, at (785) 425-6775.


Family Fishing Weekend/FF

Location: Olathe, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

Please register for this event at the following link:  https://www.fishingsfuture.org/node/1388/register

Fishing's Future will host a Family Fishing event Saturday June 2nd from 8am - 2pm at Olathe Cedar Lake on the South side.  Fishing's Future and KDWPT will provide fishing poles, gear, and worms for bait while supplies last or you can bring your own. All fishing equipment borrowed must be returned after use and can not be transferred to another fishing location. This event if for the entire family and you can bring your own equipment. If you are interested in volunteering or helping with this event please contact Frank Audano at Frank@FranksRealty.com

Fishing's Future Master Angler and Eagle Scout Frank Audano will also provide a Fishing Merit Badge opportunity for Scouts interested, Please come prepared with your Fishing Merit Badge worksheet in hand before arriving.

Community Service - If your group is interested in community service hours, we will be picking up trash in the park area so contact Frank Audano if your group is interested.


Fishing With a Cop

Location: Salina, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018

Contact: Bryan Sowards

Phone No: 785-658-2465

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

Fishing Derby at Lakewood Park in Salina, KS.  This event is open to the public.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bryan Sowards, District Fisheries Biologist, at 785-658-2465


Pratt Fishing Derby

Location: Pratt, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

Annual youth fishing derby at the Pratt Youth/Mentor Pond located at the KDWPT Operations Office in Pratt, KS.  Fishing and fishing education activties between 9am and 11am with a cookout at 11am.    To register for the event or to volunteer, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911.  


06/04/2018

Rook County Extension Clinic

Location: Webster Reservoir

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Monday, June 04, 2018

Contact: Mark Shaw

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

This is a closed fishing event offered by the Rook County Extension office.  To volunteer to help, please contact Mark Shaw, district fisheries biologist, at (785) 425-6775.


06/09/2018

Fishing Clinic at Kirwin Reservoir

Location: Kirwin Reservoir

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 09, 2018

Contact: Mark Shaw

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

Fishing clinic open to the public at Kirwin Reservoir.  For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Mark Shaw, district fisheries biologist, at (785) 425-6775.


06/10/2018

Lovewell Kids Fishing Clinic

Location: Lovewell Reservoir

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018

Contact: Scott Waters

Phone No: (785) 545-3345

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

Youth fishing clinic at Lovewell Reservoir.  This event is open to the public.  For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Scott Waters, district fisheries biologist) at (785) 545-3345.


06/15/2018

Great Bend Recreation Fishing Clinic

Location: Great Bend, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Friday, June 15, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

Fishing Clinic at Veteran's Lake in Great Bend.  Participants must register with Great Bend Parks and Recreation 620-793-4160.  To volunteer, please contact Bryan Sowards, District Fisheries Biologist, at 785-658-2465.


06/19/2018

Camp Hope - Camp Aldrich

Location: Claflin, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Contact: Bryan Sowards

Phone No: 785-658-2465

Time: 7:00 am

Other Information:

This is a closed fishing event near Claflin, KS.  To volunteer, please contact Bryan Sowards, District Fisheries Biologist, at 785-658-2465


06/20/2018

Nicodemus Camp

Location: Osborne, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Contact: Mark Shaw

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

This is a closed fishing event for the Nicodemus Camp.  To volunteer to help, please contact Mark Shaw, district fisheries biologist, at (785) 425-6775.


06/23/2018

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


06/30/2018

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.


07/13/2018

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.


08/29/2018

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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