Contact(s): Kim Anderson, DNR, (608) 261-6431
BARABOO - Adults interested in becoming volunteer fishing instructors and starting their own fishing program for youngsters or adults are encouraged to attend a Feb. 16 workshop in Baraboo.
The angler education workshop aims to train volunteer instructors who can then offer programs in their own communities to introduce children to basic fishing skills and knowledge of Wisconsin lakes and streams, says Theresa Stabo, aquatic resources director for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Adults who attend the day-long workshops get certified as angler education instructors. They gain access to free materials that they can use to teach their own angler education courses. Fishing equipment and other materials are available on loan to the instructors for their programs, Stabo says.
The session runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Devils Lake State Park, S5975 Park Road. Interested adults are asked to print off, fill out and return the workshop registration form or contact Kim Anderson 608-261-6431 with any questions.
Angler Education workshops are free but DNR requires a $15 workshop commitment fee to ensure good attendance by registrants and allows the instructors to plan accordingly. The fee is returned after the session is over.
Because DNR relies on volunteer instructors to arrange and teach the angler education courses, people who already work with children are particularly good candidates to attend the workshops, even if they don't have advanced fishing skills, Stabo says.
Since the angler education program started in 1987, DNR has conducted more than 250 workshops and trained 3,125 angler education instructors. Those instructors in turn have taught hundreds of thousands of youngsters and adults how to fish.