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.  The following classes have been scheduled.  To register, visit www.fishingsfuture.com or email david.breth@ks.gov:

  • Junction City (Sportmans Acres) - July 13th, 2-6pm
  • Great Bend (Wetland Center) - August 24th - CANCELLED, will look to reschedule.

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.

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 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_2019 (PDF - 482.58 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