Fishing and MORE! Discover tiny creatures living in Missouri streams and use them to determine water quality. Improve your casting skills. Learn to tie better knots and special purpose knots. Make your own in-line spinner, paint your own jig head or tie a marabou jig or Wooly Bugger fly. Understand the “why” of fishing seasons, length limits, daily creel limits and other regulations. Grab your favorite rod and reel and go to the lake, pond, river or stream and land.
Resources for all levels
SF725 Sportfishing 1
Tie knots, cast to a target, rig various lines, select tackle,identify where fish are, identify fish and internal and external fish parts.
SF726 Sportfishing 2
Cast using a spinning rod and fly rod and bait casting reel, practice responsible citizenship, research fishing regulations, decorate a lure, sew a fly wallet, tie an artificial fly & test a water sample.
SF727 Sportfishing 3
Youth develop their leadership and fishing skills as they take a friend fishing, demonstrate how to disassemble and reassemble a fishing reel, design and conduct a sportfishing skillathon, make artificial flies, design and craft a lure, customize tackle, build and use a kick net, respond to ethical situations, and interview a professional fisherman.
Because the 4-H Sportfishing program is designed to be much more than a few hours with a fishing pole, volunteer leaders are required to complete basic Sportfishing training/orientation. An extensive set of resources has been assembled for volunteers and must be used. The Sportfishing leader must be committed to include all four content areas in the project: Angling Skills, Tackle Craft, Aquatic Ecology, and People and Fish.
Steps to leader approval:
- Complete the Sportfishing Leader Application and send it with the $35 fee to the state 4-H office.
- The state coordinator will send you the Sportfishing Resource Manual (includes all member materials and leader resources).
- Review Sportfishing Resource Manual.
- Complete the leader qualification test.
- Read and sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
- Test is graded (85 percent is passing).
- The state coordinator will sign the Memorandum of Agreement and return a copy for your records.
- The state coordinator will notify you and your local 4-H staff person with an official letter of approval.
All leader materials and resources are distributed to the leader after completing the sportfishing leader application.
Frequently asked questions
Why is the leader training for 4-H Sportfishing required?
The most common complaint from members and parents about 4-H is that the project leader “never does anything”. Most are well intentioned but then for one reason or another never follow through with their commitment. Many project leaders say they don’t have the resource materials, or the knowledge, or the self-confidence to do their job. Experience with the Shooting Sports program shows that the right kind of training can lead to success on a local level. Project leaders if prepared are more likely to “do something” and do it right. Mandatory training pays!
How is the Sportfishing program different from previous 4-H Fishing projects?
The main difference is that this is a nationally developed, guided, and supported program.
- Professionals, both in fisheries and youth development, from throughout the United States have worked together in designing the program.
- Previous programs were state driven and here in Missouri no resources, formatted specifically for a 4-H fishing program, were available. We now have quality materials including leader lesson plans and member manuals (CCS).
- Of course, the required leader training is a major difference from previous 4-H fishing programs.
- Partners and collaborations at the national level can assist in finding state partners and collaborations.
What are the subject matter areas of the Sportfishing program and does a volunteer have to be certified or trained in one or all of the areas to meet the requirements?
There are four subject matter areas. These are:
- Angling skills
- Tackle craft
- Aquatic ecology
- People and fish (ethics, fisheries, and folkways)
At the leader workshops the volunteer will have a choice of one of two tracks. They select either: Angling Skills & Aquatic Ecology OR Tackle Craft & People and Fish. So, they will receive training in 2 of the 4 areas. One training will meet the requirement. A volunteer does not have to return for the other two subject matter areas. They may if they wish, but it is not required.
If a volunteer is not trained in all subject areas, how can they teach all areas?
They would not be expected to teach in all areas. If they do, they will have only limited resources. At the county level, we encourage the development of local teams (as few as 2) of instructors that would share responsibilities in teaching youth. For example: if a county (or club) sent 2 leaders to the workshop. One should enroll in the Angling Skills & Aquatic Ecology track; the other should enroll in the Tackle Craft and People & Fish track. Upon their return, they would work together as a team and provide instruction in all of the subject matter areas to local youth.
4-H Sportfishing State Event
The Missouri 4-H state event where sportfishing members can test out their skills in fishing, casting, identification and knot tying.
4-H exhibits and competitions are part of the fun of the Missouri State Fair. You won’t want to miss this special event; visit the 4-H building to see the projects of our 4-H youth or catch the judging competitions. Whatever your niche, there is something for everyone. Bring the family! The Missouri State Fair is located at the intersection of Highways 50 and 65, and less than 20 miles south of I-70, Sedalia is roughly an hour from Kansas City, Columbia and Jefferson City.