The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

August 20, 2013

Experienced anglers sought to teach kids how to fish

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
Globe Staff Writer

GALENA, Kan. — Kansas is looking for a few good anglers.

Several, actually.

There is one catch: Those anglers are being recruited to teach others how to fish.

On Aug. 31, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will bring its Angler Education Training Program to Schermerhorn Park, home of the Southeast Kansas Nature Center, in partnership with the Fishing's Future program.

The program is for experienced and master anglers who are willing to volunteer to teach fishing techniques to inexperienced and young anglers. Those in attendance at the Aug. 31 class will be given information officials say is valuable when working with children, including sample curriculums and tips for teaching clinics. Other subjects covered in the class will be current Kansas fishing rules and regulations, species identification, fishing ethics, equipment, knot tying, casting, fish habitat, aquatic nuisance species, and conservation.

The goal, according to Bryan Soward, KDWPT fisheries program specialist, is to train and certify fishing instructors so they may, in turn, teach others.

Fishing's Future, a non-profit organization, has had success with the program in 10 other states and abroad, he said.

"The partnership allows us to not only reconnect families with the outdoors, but also to recruit new anglers in the state," Soward said. "Once you are a certified angler instructor, you are free to hold your own fishing clinics in the future that can be anything from basic fishing fundamentals to specific technique-fishing, such as bass fishing, fly fishing, bank/trot line fishing, etc."

KDWPT also may call upon certified instructors in the future to recruit volunteers for fishing events.



Want to go?

The Angler Education Training Program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 31, at the nature center in Schermerhorn Park in Galena, Kan. Anglers interested in registering can sign up by visiting fishingsfuture.org and clicking "upcoming events," then "Kansas Angler Education Training Program."

For more information, contact Fishing's Future local coordinator, Kevin Reich, at kevin.reich@fishingsfuture.org, or by phone at 785-577-6921.