Wisconsin Needs Angler Education Instructors 3-21-2013


Be a part of Wisconsin’s conservation tradition by becoming an Angler Education Instructor.

First step: knot-tying!

The angler education program is looking for people who enjoy working with children, like to fish or would like to learn by helping to teach others.

Instructors provide opportunities to learn basic fishing skills, explore Wisconsin’s aquatic resources and develop a set of conservation ethics to help ensure that Wisconsin’s lakes and streams will remain bountiful for generations to come.

The program provides training workshops to clubs, schools, youth development organizations and service groups. Trained instructors have access to educational resources and loaner fishing equipment.

Instructor certification
Training workshops
Loaner gear
Fishing clinics
Instructor certification

Instructor certification

An Instructor-In-Training practices casting skills and resourcefulness with a fish target and pop-can rig along Milwaukee’s lakefront.

Who are instructors?

Instructors are people like you. Youth leaders, classroom teachers, fishing club members and civic leaders are all encouraged to attend a workshop as a team or form one at the workshop. Successful program models include after-school fishing clubs, summer enrichment classes, family-school/camp adventures, scout merit badges and more!

While this program has traditionally focused on youth, keep in mind adults who may have missed the boat as kids!

Certification process

People get certified as Angler Education Instructors by attending a training workshop and completing a background check [PDF].

Here are more specifics on the certification process.

Training workshops

Training workshops

Instructors-In-Training test non-lead sinkers at a Rhinelander workshop.

Please check back from time to time for updates to this schedule.

Basic angler education instructor certification workshop

Basic Angler Education instructor training workshop certification workshops focus on teaching spincasting and incorporating related topics in a K-12 curriculum, youth development program or adult education. Some workshops feature fly fishing or complementary aquatic resources education programs.

Fishing club members, youth leaders, classroom teachers and civic leaders are encouraged to attend a workshop as a team or form a team at a workshop. Successful models include after-school fishing clubs, summer enrichment classes, school-family events and Boy Scout merit badge training.

Workshop fees

Angler Education workshops are free; sometimes we feed you lunch or dinner, too! However, we do have a $15 workshop commitment fee to ensure good attendance by registrants and allow us to plan accordingly. If your plans change, please notify us three days in advance to get a refund of your workshop commitment fee. Otherwise, it becomes a donation to the Angler Education Program. There are fees for Project WET and Project WILD and will be collected when those programs are offered in combination with Angler Education.

Workshop schedule

Several workshops are being planned. More details will be provided in the coming weeks, but here’s a quick run down of what’s coming up. Check back often to learn about additional workshops!

Location Oconomowoc
Date Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place Indian Mound Scout Reservation, BSA
37612 Indian Mound Road
Oconomowoc WI 53066
Directions [exit DNR](Caution: do not rely on GPS; follow the map like a good scout.)
Registration Deadline Download the registration form [PDF], complete and return by March 22, 2013
Audience Attention camp directors and staff! Adults who work with youth outside of scouting are also welcome to attend.
Join the Three Harbors Boy Scout Council at camp and pick up resources to help Scouts work toward their fishing and other conservation-related badges. Come role play and practice-teach fishing-related skills including:
fish identification;
knot tying;
casting; and
fishing handling (if we’re lucky!)
This workshop will also include a fly fishing component.

Contact Kim Anderson 608-261-6431
Location Shorewood (north of Milwaukee)
Date Thursday, May 23, 2013
Time 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Place Shorewood High School – Room TBA
1701 E. Capitol Drive
Shorewood WI 53211
Registration Deadline Download the registration form [PDF], complete and return by May 15, 2013
Audience Open to all adults interested in offering a recreational fishing program.
Join the Shorewood Recreation Department and the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities at this workshop. The workshop will focus on youth and families in summer recreation programs, but ideas can be adapted for adult learn-to-fish programs. Tips for including people with disabilities in your community fishing program will be offered. Pick up ideas about adaptive fishing technquies that you can use in your community fishing programs. Role play and practice-teach fishing-related skills including:
fish identification;
knot tying;
casting; and
Contact Kim Anderson 608-261-6431
To schedule a volunteer or teacher training workshop in your community, please contact Theresa Stabo, Aquatic Resources Educator, 608-266-2272. We need a minimum of 8 to 12 adult participants, depending on location, to hold a workshop.

Teachers’ conferences

Look for us at teachers’ conferences! They are typically held in the spring and fall.

Loaner gear

Tackle Loaner Program

No fishing rod? No problem! We have fishing equipment you can borrow at several DNR offices and state parks and facilities. There is no charge to borrow the equipment — just enjoy your day fishing in Wisconsin and return the equipment in the condition you received it (or better!) so that the next person can enjoy it.

Check out the fishing equipment contacts page for information on who to contact to find out exactly what kind of gear is available near you. If you have general questions about the tackle loaner program contact Theresa Stabo, 608-266-2272 or Kim Anderson, 608-261-6431.

Available gear

While special lures and fresh bait are not provided, we generally have the following basic equipment at most sites:

The DNR has equipment you can borrow to get children hooked on fishing.

many closed face fishing rods and reels;
a few open face rods and reels;
casting plugs;
bobbers; and
hooks, lines and sinkers
In addition to fishing equipment, some sites (but not all) have fish printing materials, knot-tying practice equipment, Backyard Bass (a casting game) and other educational resources like Fish Packs [PDF]. Fish Packs are stocked with games, stories and activities that help youngsters learn about Wisconsin fish. Check one out or download the link for ideas to create your own! Inquire when you contact or visit a loaner site to see exactly what they have to offer.

Keep in mind

Before you plan a fishing trip around loaner equipment, know that:

equipment is available on a first come, first served basis; and
you may borrow equipment for up to one week, unless demand is low in your area. Ask the contact in your area if an extension is possible.
Follow the Golden Rule

Please return loaner equipment in the condition you would like it to be when you borrow it.

Make proper handling and care of equipment part of your angler or fishing education program.
If the equipment was damaged, return all the parts with a note explaining what happened.
Instructions to fix a tangled reel [PDF].
The most popular time for borrowing the equipment is also the busiest time for our field staff – spring and early summer. Please help them out by returning the equipment clean and in good working order. If something breaks — which sometimes happens — fix it if you can, or bring the problem to our staff’s attention so the next group will have functional equipment. Your help with maintenance frees up our field staff for stocking fish and working on habitat projects.

Adopt a fishing tackle loaner site

Many tackle loaner sites would welcome help with equipment maintenance. This would be a great volunteer service project for scouts, students, fishing clubs or anyone who’d like to pitch in and ensure that our gear is in shape for beginner anglers. Materials will be provided for re-spooling and general clean-up. Loaner sites that want help are marked with a VM. Locate the site nearest you on the fishing equipment contacts page and call them to find out how you can help! Thank you!

Fishing clinics

Fishing clinics

Throughout the year, the Department of Natural Resources works with local parks departments, fishing clubs and organizations to host fishing clinics and other events. Thanks to all clinic hosts and sponsors!

Attend a clinic

County: Miwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: Many (17!) parks. See flyer below for addresses.
Brown Deer Park
Greenfield Park
Humboldt Park
McCarty Park
McGovern Park
Mitchell Park
Oak Creek Parkway
Scout Park
Sheridan Park
Washiington Park
Wilson Park
Quarry Lake Park
Kohler-Andre State Park
Sandy Knoll Park
Fox Brook Park
Menomonee Park/Lannon Quarry
Muskego Park
Target Age: Kids ages 15 and under. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
29th Annual Spring Kids’ Fishing Clinics
Fishing clubs are busy planning clinics for county parks around Southeast Wisconsin.
See flyer [PDF] for specific times and locations of events.
Sponsors: Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Organizations; Milwaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha County Parks; Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery, Waukesha County Parks and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Matt Coffaro, 414-263-8614 or the Urban Fishing Hotline, 414-263-8494.

Plan a fishing clinic

Now is the time to start planning your own fishing clinic to usher in a summer of fishing fun! Use these events to kick off summertime youth fishing clubs and get anglers of all ages out to the water’s edge.

Download the General Event Planning Form, [PDF] to be used anytime. Return your completed form to the Angler Education Office at the DNR. Contact Kim Anderson, 608-261-6431 if you would like a planning form mailed to you.

Participants 16 years or older likely will need fishing licenses to fish at most events, unless they occur on Free Fishing Weekend. Call contacts for complete information.

¿Habla usted español?


Necesitamos pescadores que hablen español para patrocinar o ayudar en nuestras clínicas de pesca. Estos eventos enseñan a pescar a gente de todas edades.

Por favor déjenos saber que usted habla español si usted va ofrecer una clínica de pesca, o si va ayudar como voluntario, e incluiremos un aviso que “se habla español” en el anuncio de estos eventos en nuestro sitio Web.

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More fishing opportunities

The Department of Tourism has additional events listed on their Website, The Great Outdoors – Fishing [exit DNR].

Borrow a rod, keep the memories

No fishing pole? No worries! Contact a Tackle Loaner site at one of several state parks and DNR regional offices to borrow one. Pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water.

Last revised: Tuesday March 19 2013

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