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Angler Education Program

Sport angling offers Oregonians a healthy and fun recreational activity that can be shared for a lifetime with friends and family. The Angler Education Program integrates education and recreation, introducing beginner anglers to fishing in a safe, fun and responsible manner.

For information about fishing events and workshops, please visit MyODFW.com

About the Program

The Angler Education Program introduces sport angling to beginners with an emphasis on youth and families. Programs are designed to provide a basic understanding of aquatic ecosystems and help people develop the skills, knowledge and responsibilities associated with angling.

There are four major areas of instruction:

  • Basic fishing skills
  • Advanced fishing skills
  • Ethical conduct and responsibilities
  • Aquatic conservation and stewardship

The program is delivered statewide through certified volunteer instructors and is a free program delivered through school districts, clubs, public and private organizations, and ODFW groups and personnel.

Angler Education Instructor
Angler Education Instructor teaching fish biology to young and old -Photo by ODFW-

Hands-on activities include:

  • Equipment selection & preparation
  • Casting methods
  • Knot tying
  • Tackle crafting
  • Fly tying
  • Fish identification
  • Fish printing
  • Regulation awareness
  • Methods of catch and release and keeping

Benefits of the program:

  • Outside activity that connects people with nature
  • Healthy watersheds
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Personal skill development
  • Personal responsibility & ethics
  • Problem solving skills
  • Individual & teamwork development
  • Environmental awareness
  • Catching fish
  • Fun!
Fishing
Family fishing event participant catching the fun
-Photo by ODFW-

Free Fishing Weekends

Introduce a friend, child, co-worker or family member to fishing during Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekends. Always on President's Day Weekend in February, the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in June, and Thanksgiving Weekend in November. ODFW offers Oregon residents and visitors three full weekends to fish, crab and clam without a license.

To become an Angler Education Instructor

Angler Education Application

All certified instructors will be provided with program assistance through the following means of support:

  • Instructional Curriculum and Teaching Materials
  • Equipment
  • Teaching Aids
  • Training
  • Uniform
  • Communications and Program Information
  • Support Resources

To learn more about the Angler Education Program, please call (503) 947-6081 or email the Angler Education Coordinator at amanda.m.boyles@odfw.oregon.gov.

Please check MyODFW.com for other resources


These programs are funded by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux).

Assurances

All Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife programs are subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and offers all persons the opportunity to participate in programs and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. No individual will be turned away from or otherwise be denied access to or benefit from, any program or activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: Chief, Public Civil Rights Division, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.

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