- Take Me To the Water!
- Contact information
- For information, contact:
- Theresa Stabo
Be a part of Wisconsin’s conservation tradition by becoming an Angler Education Instructor.
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.
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.
People get certified as Angler Education Instructors by attending a training workshop and completing a background check.
Here are more specifics on the certification process.
Please check back from time to time for updates to this schedule.
Basic Angler Education instructor certification workshops focus on teaching spin casting 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.
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.
While workshops are planned throughout the year, we don't have any scheduled right now. Sign up for GovDelivery to receive alerts about changes to this schedule and new opportunities. Look for the "envelope" icon at the bottom of this page.
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.
While special lures and fresh bait are not provided, we generally have the following basic equipment at most sites:
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. 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.
Before you plan a fishing trip around loaner equipment, know that:
Please return loaner equipment in the condition you would like it to be when you borrow it.
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.
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!
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!
We'll post clinics as we learn of them. Please check back.
Anytime is a good time to start planning a fishing clinic. Download the Fishing Clinic Planner to help get yourself organized. Return your completed form to the Angler Education Office at the DNR. Contact the Angler Education Office 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.
Don't forget about Free Fishing Weekend, always the 1st weekend in June and the 3rd weekend in January - no license required. Here are the dates for 2015:
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.
Peb xav yuav neeg uas paub hais lub hmoob los qhuas qhia neeg txhua lub noob nyoog txog nuv ntses. Yog nej muaj lus xav qhuas qhias thiab txawj hais lub hmoob, thov nej qhia rau peb paub. Yog nej xav tuaj pab thiab paub lub hmoob, thov nej qhia rau peb thiab. Peb mam li tshaj tawm rau ntawm peb lub Web site kom txhua tus hnov tias muaj neeg uas paub hais lus hmoob tuaj qhia txog nuv ntses.
The Department of Tourism lists special events and opportunities on their website:
The Great Outdoors - Fishing.
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.
No matter the season, we're always planning for summer fishing fun and excitement. The Fishing in the Neighborhood (FIN) program partners with local parks and community organizations to bring learn-to-fish opportunities to area residents and visitors from June through August.
Five college-age interns or FIN'terns have been placed at community centers in Green Bay and Milwaukee to teach fishing fundamentals and connect people with their local aquatic resources. This program strives to move fishing from an annual event to repeatable opportunities to wet a line under supervision. Programming formats vary among the sites from 2-week sessions to drop-in, like old-fashioned summer playground programs.
You'll find FIN'terns at the following partner organizations:
FIN'terns may be available to work with your group to teach fishing fundamentals and connect people to aquatic resources in the area. Programming formats will vary among the sites from 2-week sessions to drop-in sessions, like old-fashioned summer playground programs.
Watch for notices of FIN events that welcome the whole community to come out and fish together, including adults who may have missed the boat as kids. Instruction and gear will be provided at these events. Licenses are required for people over the age of 16.
FIN is supported by the Sport Fish Restoration fund, which is generated by the federal excise tax on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel. Programs are typically free, although there may be fees for special field trips.
Take a look at what past FIN'terns have said about their experiences: