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    Tips for a Successful Youth/Family Fishing Program

    *Tips for a Successful Fishing Program

    Here's a check list of things to consider as you set up your fishing programs this year!

    Site Selection: easy parking, shoreline access, picnic shelter (contact park & recreation department), drinking water, bathrooms, fishing (get NGPC reports, fish it or ask locals).

    Time & Date
    : weekend vs. weekday evening, program length (1-4 hours), rain date/cancellation policy.

    Participants: general public, scouts, church, YMCA, community groups, kids only, families or seniors, how many people? preregistration vs. drop in. Educational permit waives license for one day, teachers must apply to NGPC in advance.

    Staffing: volunteer recruitment (contact aquarium for list of instructors); resource professionals: Game & Parks, Coast Guard, Army Corp of Eng., NRD�s, City Parks & Rec, Master Naturalist Program, University staff/students; fishing clubs: Cornhusker Fly Fishers, Big Mac Fly Fishers, BASS, Trout Unlimited, Nebraska Walleye Assoc., NE Fish & Game Assoc., high school and college fishing/wildlife clubs. Pre-assign duties.

    Resources: Fishing equipment & hand outs must be ordered 2 weeks prior; some state parks have tackle loaner equipment, or have participants bring their own; prizes, bait and snacks: check with local businesses.

    Have on hand: Needle nose pliers, towels, gardening gloves, wet wipes, water, snacks, sunglasses, sun block, fishing vest, personal fishing equipment, banners, props, coolers.

    Fishing stations: casting, knot tying, fish identification, habitat, water/boater safety, fish handling, ethics and rules, fisheries management, etc. Keep the activities to 15-20 min.

    At the event: Volunteer check-in to sign report form & get assignments, Participant check-in or registration, be patient & flexible, have fun and catch fish!

    After the event: Encourage participants to fish more or participate in other events, check equipment for damage and note if repairs are needed, send equipment back with completed report forms and left over hand outs.
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    Phone our NGPC Youth Fishing Program @ 402-332-3901 with questions or just post 'em on this Forum! Add YOUR helpful tips, as well!


    * "Tips for a Successful Fishing Program" taken from the Spring 2011 "Fish Tales", a NGPC publication.
    Last edited by Harold; 01-22-2013, 04:47 PM.
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