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Share the joy of fishing with youth and adults in your community. Check out these resources to get you started.
Fish Iowa! Fish Iowa! combines physical education, health, biology, geography, and family and consumer sciences into a program that focuses on fishing. Designed for use in formal settings with middle school through senior high students, it easily adapts to non-formal programs such as camps, scout outings, etc. Fish Iowa! works with students with all levels of abilities.
Materials are available to Iowa educators and youth leaders through training sessions (one-on one) and workshops.
Contact Us (move to right-hand column)Barb GigarWestern Iowa Training Specialist firstname.lastname@example.orgHolly SchulteEastern Iowa Training Specialistholly.email@example.com
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Fish Iowa! Resources (move to right-hand column)
Upcoming Workshops Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa!This two-day workshop will acquaint participants with the Fish Iowa! fishing education modules and a variety of other resources to teach fishing in a variety of settings. Learn fishing basics including fish identification, fishing locations, casting techniques, and cleaning and cooking fish. Experience pond (bank) fishing, lake/pond fishing (including kayak fishing) and fly-fishing.
Instruction will include a variety of demonstration and hands-on, experiential approaches. Activities will also include peer teaching and small group work to develop appropriate teaching strategies for individual teaching situations.
The registration fee includes lunch, teaching modules, and an instructor kit. The materials will be provided in pdf format, so please bring a laptop or similar device with a USB port.
Date: July 18-19, 2017Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Location: Springbrook State Park & Guthrie County Extension, Guthrie CenterCredit: 1 re-certification or graduate creditCost: No credit: $75; Re-certification: $110; Graduate: $185Contact: Barb Gigar – Barb.Ggigar@dnr.iowa.gov; 515-494-3891To Register: Heartland AEA website - Click on the "Professional Development" tab at the top of the page. Select “Heartland AEA PD Catalog” and search for Activity # HL005999991801Registration Deadline: 7/10/17
Free Loan Rod and Reels (right-hand column) Over 3,400 free-loan rods and reels are available at over 100 locations around Iowa to use for a fishing field trip or to teach casting.
list of rod and reel distribution centers list of fly-fishing loaner sites
Visit the Iowa DNR Special Events Calendar for a list of hands-on fishing clinics for all ages and fun family friendly events.
From Hookin’ to Cookin’
Step-by-step tips to help you gear up and then clean and cook the fish once you have caught them.
How to Fish For…Try these easy tricks on how to fish for the most popular species in Iowa.
Iowa Fish Species
Fact sheets featuring Iowa fish species.
Quick Fishing Facts
A two-page summary of the Iowa Fishing Regulations.
Taking Kids FishingSimple tips to help kids have fun in Iowa’s great outdoors, and most importantly, want to go fishing again.
There are a lot of fun ways to teach beginners how to fish. Try these great ideas shared by participants of our
Fish Iowa! trainings.