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.

Vamos A Pescar Grant Program

In partnership with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and TakeMeFishing, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is seeking applications for the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund. This grant offers financial assistance to local groups and organizations who want to conduct fishing education programs within their community. The programs must be familiy-focused, provide multiple opportunities for engagement and participation, and ethnically-inclusive with a emphasis on Hispanic community. Additional criteria for eligibility can be found on this webpage. Applications must be received by KDWPT by December 1, 2020. For more information or to submit an application, please contact David Breth, Sportfishing Education Coordinator, at 620-672-0787 or email at david.breth@ks.gov.  Application can be sent by mail to David Breth, KDWPT, 512 SE 25th Ave Pratt KS 67124.

Vamos A Pescar Grant Application

Application forms for the Vamos A Pescar funding opportunity.  Applications must be submitted to David Breth at david.breth@ks.gov or by mail - 512 SE 25th Ave  Pratt, KS 67124.  If you have any questions about the program or application, please contact David Breth via email or at 620-672-0787.

Vamos A Pescar Grant and Program Guidelines
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

Checklist of Kansas Fish