Aquatic Education Program

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.

Helpful Resources to get started Fishing
Beginner Fishing Brochure (PDF - 3.95 MB)

Interested in fishing? Download this brochure to help you get started with information on what you need to start fishing, including what equipment and tackle you need, how to get a license, where to go, and more!

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_2021 (PDF - 171.52 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_2021 (PDF - 134.85 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

04/11/2021

Cast and Blast

Location: Council Grove Reservoir

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021

Contact: Phil Taunton

Phone No: 620-794-5373

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

Cast and Blast - crappie tournament, fishing education, and sporting clay shoot at Council Grove Reservoir. For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Phil Taunton at 620-794-5373


04/17/2021

Pottawatomie 4-H Sportfishing

Location: Pottawatomie SFL #2

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Other Information:

The Pottawatomie 4-H Sportfishing group will host a closed event for their youth and members at Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake #2. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911 or kdwpt.fishks@ks.gov.


05/01/2021

Wichita's Littlest Heroes Fishing Derby

Location: OJ Watson Park -Wichita

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, May 01, 2021

Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm


Other Information:

Wichita's Littlest Heroes is hosting a fundraising event at OJ Watson Park in Wichita, KS on May 1, 2021 from 8am to 1pm. You must purchase tickets to participate. Click the link below for more information.  If you want to volunteer to help with the fishing derby, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911.

https://www.wichitaslittlestheroes.com/1st-annual-fishing-derby


05/14/2021

School Fishing Clinic

Location: Emporia, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

A closed school event. Asking for Certified Volunteers. 

5th graders to Camp Alexander on May 14. The fishing stations will last about an hour. There will be 18-20 students in each group. (Anyone attending will need to have a mask on.) Other Adults will be on site to help. Contact David Breth if you want to volunteer. 


06/05/2021

Fishing Day at Pomona

Location: Pomona State Park

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 05, 2021

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 6206725911

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

To volunteer, please contact David Breth.