Explore fishing in the Land of 10,000+ Lakes. Learn about fish species and habitats; experiment with fishing gear, baits and lures; tie knots, lines and flies; research fishing regulations; and explore careers related to fishing. New to 4-H? Get involved in the Fishing Sports project!
What you can do
Level 1: Fishing Curriculum 1 - Take the Bait
Have fun tying knots, casting to a target, rigging various lines, selecting tackle, identifying where fish are, using different baits & lures, identifying fish, and identifying internal and external fish parts.
Cast using a spinning rod, fly rod, and bait-casting reel, practice responsible citizenship, research fishing regulations, decorate a lure, sew a fly wallet, tie an artificial fly and test a water sample.
Demonstrate how to disassemble and reassemble a fishing reel, design and conduct a sportfishing skillathon, make artificial flies, design and craft a lure, customize tackle, build and use a kick net, respond to ethical situations, and interview a professional fisherman.
For all levels
- Project ideas and resources for exhibitors
- Fishing in Minnesota
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- Parks & Trails TV - Minnesota
- MinnAqua DNR fishing education
- News from the University of Minnesota Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology
- Developmental stages of fish in 3D
- Fish posters of the world
For adult leaders
Record keeping & evaluation
- 4-H youth record keeping - Reflect on your project and share it.
- How your project will be judged at the fair (PDF)