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Award-Winning Fishing Curriculum Available in New Electronic Format
Posted: 04/15/2014

The award winning Fish Iowa! basic spincasting curriculum is now available on CD.

Major revisions include new teaching tips and tricks that address education reforms and best practices, as well as links to a host of online resources including instructional videos and websites.

Topics covered include: History of Fishing; Regulations, Safety, and Ethics; Iowa Waters (Where to Fish); Fish Identification; Spincasting Equipment and Techniques; Baits and Lures; and Landing and Caring for the Catch.

The Fish Iowa! module is available through several training options including teacher workshops that provide re-certification credit, seminars, and even individual sessions. For information on how to get trained, or if already trained and would like the new Fish Iowa! spincasting module, contact the Aquatic Education Program at or 641-747-2200.

About Fish Iowa!

Fish Iowa! is a comprehensive program focused on engaging youth an novice anglers, and promoting stewardship of Iowa’s aquatic resources. More than 3,400 partners including educators, youth leaders, and naturalists across Iowa have been trained to use the basic spincasting module since its inception of in the fall of 1990. Educational resources are supplemented with over 3,000 free loan rods and reels at more than 100 locations.

Fish Iowa! is used in physical education classes, after school programs, camps, clinics, and events. It has been recognized nationally with several awards including the Aquatic Resource Education Association’s highest honor of Outstanding Aquatic Education Program in 2012.

For more information contact Shannon Hafner, DNR, at 641-747-2200 or