Learn to Fish with Hook, Line and Sinker
We'll teach you casting and fishing basics, and can provide you with a rod and reel to use if you don't have your own. With step-by-step direction, you'll learn fishing basics like knot-tying, setting up your pole, casting, selecting and using bait, and removing fish from the hook.
The classes are offered free of charge, and participants under 17 do not need a fishing license.
Below are locations that may offer Hook, Line and Sinker classes. Please note, the links below are for each park's overall weekly program schedule, and Hook, Line and Sinker may not be offered at every location each week. To find upcoming dates and times, please call the location your are interested in. You can look up each of these parks on our Recreation Search website.
Looking for a family friendly place to fish and try out your new skills? Try our Family Friendly Fishing Waters!
Other Learn to Fish Opportunities
- Outdoor Skills Academy
The Outdoor Skills Academy classes and clinics provide a more in-depth skill development opportunity that are offered for a fee and require registration. Outdoor Skills Academy classes take place at our visitor centers at select parks and recreation areas around the state.
- More learning to fish information
New to fishing or interested in learning a new technique? We offer a variety of information, videos and other resources to help you get started.
Upcoming Fishing Events
- Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center - Walleye Clinic
Learn the A to Z of walleye fishing from the pros, including seasonal activities, how to set up your boat and more.
- Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center - Ice Fishing for Beginners
Focusing on techniques for pan fish, walleye and pike, this class will go through how Outdoor Skills Academy pro-staffers, Pure Fishing pros and others spend their day chasing fish through the ice.
- Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center - Advanced Hard Water School (ice fishing class)
Learn to ice fish from the pros in this two-day class. Each student will pick a topic of interest and will be assigned a pro fisherman from Team USA, HT Enterprises, Clam Outdoors, Vexilar or Ice Force.