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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.

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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!
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) 947-6024 or email the Angler Education Coordinator at

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