Have you ever wondered how to tell the difference between a white bass and a wiper? Or, how to tie on a hook using an improved clinch knot? Whether you simply want to improve your general fishing knowledge or are looking to sharpen your angling skills, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has just the program for you. Along with Fishing’s Future (FF), a non-profit organization aimed at getting families outdoors through the sport of fishing, KDWPT will now be offering an Angler Education Program. The first class will be held August 10, 2013 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th Street North in Wichita.
“Kansas has had aquatic education for some time, but our new partnership with Fishing’s Future will create an even more organized and useful program,” said KDWPT district fisheries biologist Jessica Mounts.
Similar to the other educational programs currently offered, the new Angler Education Program will enlist qualified volunteer instructors to teach each class. Subjects covered include current rules and regulations, species identification, fishing ethics, equipment, knot-tying, casting, fish habitat, aquatic nuisance species, conservation, and much more.
Specialized classes will also be given on family fishing, adult beginner fishing, specialized fishing techniques, and fishing for a particular species, schedules and resources permitting.
“This program is a great way for any angler to expand their outdoors skills, become more active, and enjoy Kansas’ many parks and waterways,” said Fishing’s Future local coordinator Kevin Reich.
All classes are open to the public at no cost, however pre-registration is required. To register for the Aug. 10 class, visit fishingsfuture.org, click “upcoming events,” and “Kansas Angler Education Training Program”
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