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.

Fishing clinics are hosted by department employees, partners and Certified Angler Instructors Most are geared toward younger children and others who may not have much experience with fishing techniques and tactics. 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.

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.  

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.

Mobile First Catch Center at Cabela's in Wichita - September 16, 5pm to 7:30pm.  
This is a free fishing education event for all ages. Register at the Registration Booth prior to participating.  Instructors will guide families and groups through education stations that may include Knot-tying, Casting, Equipment Use, and Fish ID/Handling. Fishing will be limited to 15 minutes.  **COVID guidelines and restrictions will be strictly enforced.  Face coverings must be worn at all times and 6 feet of distance must be observed between non-family members. Gathering size will be restricted.  For more information, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911.

The Mobile First Catch Center is a grant funded program between KDWPT, Recreation Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Bass Pro/Cabela's. For more information, please visit

Certified Angler Instructor Program

In order to offer quality fishing education and meet the demand of the public, KDWPT created a Certified Angler Instructor program similar to the highly successful Hunter Education program.  Volunteers who attend a FREE certification class and pass a background check are able to use KDWPT resources to conduct fishing education events including clinics, derbies, and school programs.  Classes are offered by request and are limited to 25 participants.  This 4 to 5 hour class is designed to teach those that are familiar with fishing, how to teach others about the sport using both hands-on activities and literature.  This is not for those new to fishing and wanting to learn how to fish. For more information regarding this instructor program, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911.  

Current certified instructors can find forms and information using the links below.

Volunteer Activity Form_2020 (PDF - 93.24 kB)

Instructors and Volunteers - please use this form to record volunteer hours at FishKS events.  Please verify printed names are legible and signatures are present when event concludes.  Only ONE DATE per form.  If event spans multiple days, please use a new form for each day.  This is the only way we can receive in-kind match for the grant.  Submit to David Breth via email, mail, fax, or text.

Supply Request Form_2019 (PDF - 97.92 kB)

Instructors - please use this form when requesting supplies for either a specific event OR for supplies needed in general.  If for a specific event, please list the name of the event, location, date.   Submit this form to David Breth via email, mail, text, or fax.  Please note, not all items may be available when requested.

Aquatic Education Calendar


Girl Scouts Troop 2129

Location: Tonganoxie, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

Closed fishing education event for Girl Scout Troop 2129 at Tongawood Camp.  Hosted by Frank Audano Jr and Fishing's Future. 

Checklist of Kansas Fish