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 at least 10 hours of supervised instruction.  Classes are scheduled statewide as requested.  The next class is scheduled for July 7, 2018 at Bass Pro in Olathe, KS.  For more information or to register, please visit

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


Certified Angler Instructor Class

Location: Girard, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, March 09, 2019

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Other Information:

Want to become a Certified Angler Instructor?  Join us March 9th from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Greenbush Community Building, 947 W Hwy 47 in Girard, KS.   

Apart from becoming a certified angler education instructor, attendees will also be given valuable information regarding working with children, sample curriculums, and tips for preparing a class or clinic.  Note, this is not a class to learn how to fish.  This class is for those who have a basic understanding of fishing techniques and want to help others get involved.  Fishing will not take place at this event. 

Participants must be 18 years old and pass a background check prior to certification.

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 with a signed parental form can also take the workshop and gain Junior Assisting Angler Volunteer status. This age group must work with a certified instructor when hosting an aquatic education activity, clinic, derby or outreach. 

To sign up please go to find the events page and scroll through till you find the Greenbush course.  If you cannot sign up on line or have any questions please contact Fishing’s Future Master Angler, Bill Horvath by email at


Wichita Sports Show

Location: Wichita, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Dates: 03/14/19 - 03/17/19

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

Join FishKS and the Mobile Aquarium at the 2019 Wichita Sports Show at Century II.  Staff and volunteers from Fishing's Future will be on hand to provide fishing education and answer questions relating to the aquatic resources of Kansas!  Demonstrations with the tank and fish will be conducted throughout the show by fishing professionals and staff. 


Kids Fishing Rodeos

Location: Acorns Resort, Milford Lake

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019

Contact: Geary County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Other Information:

Kids Fishing Rodeos presented by Crappie USA and Cabela's King Kat Trail will be held at Acorns Resort (3710 Farnum Creek Rd, Milford KS).  Sign ups will be from 8 to 9am and the tournament will start at 9am and end at 11am.  

This event is for kids 12 & under only. Bring you favorite fishing pole and bait.  For more information, contact Geary County Convention & Visitors Bureau.  

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