Fishing Sports Project
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.
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Level 1 learning goals:
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 & external fish parts.
- Fishing for Adventures 1 - Take the Bait - Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Level 2 learning goals:
Cast using a spinning rod & fly rod & bait casting reel, practice responsible citizenship, research fishing regulations, decorate a lure, sew a fly wallet, tie an artificial fly & test a water sample.
- Fishing for Adventures 2 - Reel in the Fun - Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Level 3 learning goals:
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.
- Fishing for Adventures 3 - Cast Into The Future - Find this in the 4-H Mall.
Other online resources
- Project ideas and resources for exhibitors
(University of MN Extension)
- Fishing in Minnesota
(Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources)
- 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 (University of Washington)
- Fish posters of the world
- American Sport Fishing Association
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- North American Native Fishes Association
- American Fly Fishing Trade Association
- American Fisheries Society
- Take Me Fishing
(Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation)
- Fishing Fun
- Fish games and quizzes
- Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
- I can fish
To get involved with the 4-H Fishing Sports Project, contact your county 4-H staff.
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