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Interested in Becoming a Fishing Instructor?

AKRON, OH – Two workshop opportunities are available in northeast Ohio this spring for those interested in becoming certified Passport to Fishing instructors according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)?

Both workshops are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Wildlife District Three Headquarters, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron. The dates are Sunday, April 17th, 2016 and Saturday,  April 23rd, 2016. Participants are only required to attend one class.


Kids fishing


Workshops are free but pre-registration is required as seating is limited; call Ken Fry, Division of Wildlife at (330) 245-3030.  Participants must be at least 18 years old and will be required to participate in a background check.


By becoming certified instructors, attendees will help connect youths with the outdoors. Resources available to instructors include grants, equipment, brochures, and training.

The Passport to Fishing program provides skills, techniques and information that allows any beginning angler to start fishing in their own community. The program consists of four stations focusing on hands-on participation and a strong conservation message.

The Passport to Fishing program is designed to be:

  • Appealing to various age and interest groups
  • Adjustable to highlight activities and species unique to a particular region
  • Appropriate to any skill and education level
  • Adaptable to any setting whether inside or at the water’s edge
  • Can be taught throughout the year


Passport to Fishing was developed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and adopted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.  Workshops teach volunteers the basics of fishing and how to run a four-station fishing program with a fishing event. These instructors then go back to their communities, with a written curriculum and training aids, to teach youngsters and beginning anglers the basics of fishing.

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Read more about Ohio’s Passport to Fishing Program at wildlife.ohiodnr.gov


ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.


For more information, contact:

Ken Fry, ODNR Division of Wildlife


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