Archive

Volunteer fishing instructors needed Sept. 17

Observer photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Becoming a 'Let's Go Fishing' instructor helps to pass Vermont's fishing tradition on the the next generation. A free instructor training workshop for volunteers will be held Sept. 17.
Observer photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife
Becoming a ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ instructor helps to pass Vermont’s fishing tradition on the the next generation. A free instructor training workshop for volunteers will be held Sept. 17.

By Vermont Fish & Wildlife

Special to the Observer

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers who would like to become “Let’s Go Fishing” instructors and help to pass Vermont’s rich fishing tradition along to the next generation of Vermonters.

The department will be hosting an informal, one-day training workshop for new instructors on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, with lunch provided. There is no charge for the training, and all curriculum materials will be supplied.

Instructors in the statewide Let’s Go Fishing program organize and instruct clinics in their communities for young people and their families.

Those enrolled in the workshop will learn how to teach a fishing clinic, including how to teach fishing ethics, aquatic ecology, fisheries management and habitat conservation, as well as tackle craft.

The department noted in a release, it is not necessary to have a high level of fishing expertise to become an instructor.

“Becoming an instructor will give you the opportunity to introduce Vermonters, both young and old, to the joys of fishing while teaching them all they need to know to enjoy a day on the water,” said Corey Hart, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Let’s Go Fishing coordinator.

Pre-registration is required, and prospective teachers must be 18 to participate. Register by Sept. 9.

The Let’s Go clinic trainings will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Sat. Sept. 17, at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Rd., Vergennes. For more information, call 505-5562 or email letsgofishing@vermont.gov