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. Plenty of time is devoted to baiting hooks and catching fish, too. The primary species caught during fishing clinics include bluegill, green sunfish (often mistakenly called "perch"), channel catfish, and large-mouth bass.

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.

If you would like more information on fishing clinics in your area, contact the nearest office of the KDWPT or the Pratt Operations Office at (620) 672-5911.

Grouse Creek Academy/Fishing's Future

Grouse Creek Academy/Fishing's Future Date(s):  06/17/2017 - 06/17/2017

Grouse Creek Academy/Fishing's Future Times(s): 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location:   Cowley County State Fishing Lake
Location:   Cowley County State Fishing Lake

Fishing Clinic at Cowley County State Fishing Lake hosted by Grouse Creek Academy and Fishing's Future

KDWPT/Fishing's Future

KDWPT/Fishing's Future Date(s):  05/08/2017 - 05/09/2017

Location:   Lake Afton
Location:   Lake Afton
Contact:   David Breth
Phone:   620-672-5911

Fishing clinic for Complete High School - Maize.  

Aquatic Education Calendar


Greiffenstein Alternative Elem/FF

Location: Wichita, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Friday, May 04, 2018

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 6206725911

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

Outdoor education day for Greiffenstein Alternative Elementary School at 1221 E Galena in Wichita.  This is a non-fishing event.  Volunteers needed to teach kids the basics of fishing including knot-tying, casting and fish identification.

To volunteer, please contact David Breth at 620-672-5911. 


Family Fishing Weekend/FF

Location: Olathe, KS

Type: Aquatic Education

Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018

Contact: David Breth

Phone No: 620-672-5911

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

Please register for this event at the following link:

Fishing's Future will host a Family Fishing event Saturday June 2nd from 8am - 2pm at Olathe Cedar Lake on the South side.  Fishing's Future and KDWPT will provide fishing poles, gear, and worms for bait while supplies last or you can bring your own. All fishing equipment borrowed must be returned after use and can not be transferred to another fishing location. This event if for the entire family and you can bring your own equipment. If you are interested in volunteering or helping with this event please contact Frank Audano at

Fishing's Future Master Angler and Eagle Scout Frank Audano will also provide a Fishing Merit Badge opportunity for Scouts interested, Please come prepared with your Fishing Merit Badge worksheet in hand before arriving.

Community Service - If your group is interested in community service hours, we will be picking up trash in the park area so contact Frank Audano if your group is interested.

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