Workshop trains volunteers how to teach youth to fish

Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 23, 2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP) is offering a workshop to train the basics of fishing and how to teach those skills to get younger generations hooked on fishing.

The workshop is perfect for teachers, Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and anyone who enjoys fishing and the outdoors.

This hands-on workshop led by wildlife and fisheries biologists will teach knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing techniques, proper fish identification, fisheries management and more. A binder of lesson plans and activity guides for grades K-12, as well as educational materials, will be given to all volunteers who attend the workshop. 

After completing the eight-hour workshop and passing a background check, volunteers are able to borrow equipment to help teach these topics to others. 

This summer, wildlife and fisheries will host two free* Aquatic VIP workshops in Baton Rouge. The first will be Wednesday, May 16th, and is open to all. The second will be a teachers-only workshop on Saturday, June 16th. The teacher’s workshop will focus more heavily on the lesson plans and how to incorporate fishing and fisheries management into the classroom.

To find out more information or to sign up, visit: For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, or request a workshop near you contact, Alayna McGarry at (504) 286-4050 or at  

A $25 registration fee is required to reserve a spot. This fee will be returned upon arrival at the workshop. 

LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources.