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Fishing Classes and Clinics

Learn to fish 

The Department of Natural Resources provides beginner classes for kids as well as in depth classes for adults. Check out our Learn to Fish page for videos and tips! 

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Hook, Line and Sinker

This family friendly program will teach kids how to fish!

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!

Upcoming Kids' Classes

Outdoor Skills Academy

The Outdoor Skills Academy classes and clinics provide a more in-depth skill development opportunity for teens and adults that are offered for a fee and require registration. Outdoor Skills Academy classes take place at our visitor centers and at select parks and recreation areas around the state.

Fishing clinics offered throughout the year include:

  • Walleye
  • Steelhead
  • Ice fishing (hard water)
  • Advanced ice fishing 

The classes are offered for a fee and require registration free. Participants over 17 need a fishing license.

Outdoor Skills Academy