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. 

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.

The Aquatic Education Program, FishKS, has a program similar to Hunter Education where volunteers can become Certified Angler Instructors.  These instructors are essential to the success of FishKS by coordinating and assisting with fishing events statewide.  To become a Certified Angler Instructor, you must attend a four hour class (Free) and complete supervised instruction.  Classes are scheduled statewide as requested.  The next class is scheduled for April 20th, 2019 at Free State High School in Lawrence.  For more information or to register, please visit www.fishingsfuture.org

Please visit the Aquatic Education Calendar to find events scheduled in your area.  If you would like more information on FishKS or fishing clinics in your area, contact the nearest KDWPT office or the Pratt Operations Office at (620) 672-5911.

Aquatic Education Calendar

04/27/2019

Youth Aquatic Education Day

Location: Council Grove City Lake

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Other Information:

Come join Fishing’s Future for fun in the Great Outdoors!

FREE “Hands ON” learning activity for youth and family!

EVENT TIMES: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This event sponsored by Fishing's Future, KDWPT Fish Ks, What’s in Outdoors Fund and KVOE Radio Stations, Emporia

Questions? Please Contact Ginger Cansler,  785/499-3610 * 620/767-5924 cgmarina.cansler@gmail.com  or Phil Taunton - What’s in Outdoors *  620/794-5373


05/03/2019

School Fishing Day

Location: Eisenhower State Park

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Friday, May 03, 2019

Contact: Sherri Withers

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

This is a closed event for a designated school.  Fishing education and a fishing clinic will take place at Eisenhower State Park (Melvern Reservoir) for students.  Volunteers are needed!  Please contact Sherri Withers to help at 785-842-8562.


05/04/2019

Family Fishing Camp

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, May 04, 2019

Contact: Phil Taunton

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

Family Fish Camp at El Dorado State Park, location TBD, on May 4th.  Participants can learn how to make their fishing trips safe and successful from Fishing' Future Master Anglers and FishKS Instructors.  To register or volunteer to help, please contact Phil Taunton (KVOE, What's in Outdoors) 620-794-5373.


05/11/2019

School Fishing Clinic

Location: Sedgwick County Park

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

This is a closed fishing clinic for students of designated school.  To volunteer to help, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911.


Newton Fishing Day

Location: Newton, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Other Information:

Community Fishing Day at Spring Lake in Newton, KS.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the city of Newton at 316-284-6007.  To volunteer to help, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911.


05/17/2019

School Fishing Clinic

Location: Sedgwick County Park

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

This is a closed fishing clinic for students of designated school.  To volunteer to help, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911.


05/18/2019

Kids in the Park Day

Location: Clinton State Park

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Contact: Clinton State Park

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Other Information:

May 18th will be a Free Entry Day to Clinton State Park as part of the "Kids in the Park Day".  A fishing clinic will be offered by staff and volunteers.  PRE-Register for the FREE Kids Events by emailing the following information to kdwpt.clintonsp@ks.gov
*Childs Name
*Date of Birth
*First Time Fishing? 
We will email you a confirmation with directions and information about the day.


Family Fish Camp

Location: Clinton State Park

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Contact: Clinton State Park

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Clinton State Park and Fishing's Future will hosting fishing clinics from 1pm to 3pm on May 18th at Clinton Reservoir Marina at Clinton State Park.  Children 18 and younger are invited.  Equipment will be provided but attendees may bring their own.  Fishing instruction provided by KDWPT staff, FF Master Anglers, and volunteers.  Registration open at Noon.  Free vehicle entrance to the park on this day.  Contact Sherri Withers at Clinton State Park (785-842-8562) for more information.


06/01/2019

Pratt Kids Fishing Derby

Location: Pratt, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 01, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

Annual Fishing Derby hosted by the Pratt Rec Center.   Registration opens at 8:30am, Fishing from 9-11, Prizes at 11, cookout at 11:30.  FREE but registration is required.  Please contact Amber Chisham at Pratt Recreation 620-672-3261 to register.  Contact David Breth at 620-672-5911 to volunteer to help at this event.   


08/03/2019

Harvey County Fair

Location: 800 West 1st St Newton, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Dates: 08/03/19 - 08/04/19

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Other Information:

Fishing's Future and the Harvey County Parks Dept will be setting up the fishing tank so kids can fish at the Harvey County Fair.  FREE for all kids 15 and under.

For more information, visit EventBrire -https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fishing-at-the-harvey-county-fair-tickets-51111401578


08/10/2019

OK Kids Day

Location: Clinton State Park

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Contact: Clinton State Park

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

Clinton State Park will host their annual Outdoor Kansas Kids day on August 10. Event time is still TBD. This is a FREE park entrance day.  All education activities are free and include Fishing Derby, Animal Show-n-Tell, and Archery.   Register for this event by contact Sherri Withers and Clinton State Park, 785-842-8562 or kdwpt.clintonsp@ks.gov.


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