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Aquatic and Angler Education Program

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

For information about Family Fishing Events and Free Fishing Days, please visit

About the Program

The Aquatic and Angler Education Program introduces aquatic ecology and sport angling with an emphasis on youth. Programs give youth an understanding of aquatic ecosystems, and help them to develop the skills, knowledge and responsibilities associated with angling.

There are four major areas of instruction:

  • Basic fishing skills
  • Aquatic conservation and stewardship
  • Ethical conduct and responsibilities
  • Water safety

The program is delivered statewide through certified volunteer instructors and is a free program delivered through school districts, Boys and Girls clubs, police activity leagues, and parks and recreation departments

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
  • Catch and release

Benefits of the program:

  • Outside activity that connects kids with nature
  • Healthy watersheds
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Personal skill development
  • Personal responsibility & ethics
  • Problem solving skills
  • Individual & teamwork development
  • Environmental awareness
  • Fun!

Family Fishing Events

The Family Fishing Events Program offers a host of fishing opportunities at stocked ponds throughout the state. On-site volunteers provide equipment, teach children how to bait and cast, and help kids "reel in" their catch. The program provides a unique opportunity for children to learn how to fish and discover just how much fun it can be!

Family Fishing Events Calendar

Family fishing event participant catching the fun
-Photo by ODFW-

Free Fishing Weekend

Introduce a friend, child, co-worker or family member to fishing during Oregon’s Free Fishing Weekend. Always the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in June; ODFW offers Oregon residents and visitors a full weekend to fish, crab and clam without a license.

Free Fishing Weekend Events Calendar

To become an Angling 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
  • Student Manuals
  • Equipment
  • Teaching Aids
  • Training
  • Uniform
  • Communications and Program Information
  • Support Resources

To learn more about the Aquatic and Angling Education Program, please call (503) 947-6017.

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).


The Oregon Outdoor Skills Program is 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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