Designed for elementary students, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ “Hooked on Fishing” program has been around for 20 years, and it recently won national recognition.
According to reports, the “2016 Aquatic Education Outstanding Sport Fish Restoration Project of the Year” award was awarded by American Fisheries Society (AFS) to Dave Hagengruber, FWP Angler Education Coordinator for“Hooked on Fishing.”
As a statewide program “Hooked on Fishing” has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth graders all about conservation and proper technique of fishing in Montana in hour long classes once a month.
AFS representative Ken Kurzawski told reporters of the strength of the program among the youth saying, “These awards are intended to both highlight the importance and effectiveness of the Sport Fish Restoration Program and recognize excellence in fisheries management, research, and education.”
After 20 years the “Hooked on Fishing” program has taught more than 70,000 more about what it means to fishing in Montana. Made of classroom and field exercises teaching regulations, aquatic invasive species, native fish, identification, anatomy, water cycles, and more this program is providing for the future of Treasure State Fishing.