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4-H Hooked on Fishing Train the Trainer

4-H member participates in Hooked on Fishing event

Minnesota 4-H programs in the North East Region hosted 4-H Hooked on Fishing, on June 10, 2017. Coincidentally, the “National Get Outdoors Day” and Minnesota’s “Take a Kid Fishing Weekend” both occurred on the same weekend making for a perfect opportunity to celebrate the natural resources of the Northland.  The program was funded through a Minnesota DNR Angler and Hunter Recruitment and Retention Grant in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension.

The 4-H “Hooked on Fishing” event was designed to provide teams of youth and adults the opportunity to explore the environment through fishing, encourage a love of angling and build capacity in the 4-H Fishing Sports Project. Counties and Tribes participating in the event included:  St. Louis, Kanabec, Koochiching, Itasca, Mille Lacs and Fond du Lac Tribe. The event was held at Bear Head Lake State Park, near Ely, MN. 

Teams participated in a variety of workshops that including knot tying, fish identification, water and boat safety, and fish cleaning.  Participants also had the opportunity to try their hand at fishing; each participant caught at least one fish!  Teams went home with a fishing kit and start-up funds to aid them in replicating the program back in their local communities.

This event could not have been possible without the help of many great organizations and businesses, including the Minnesota DNR Fisheries (Tower Office), Bear Head Lake State Park, Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitters, Northern Grounds, and Northland Market.  In addition, we had a number of youth and adult volunteers from the Ely 4-H club who helped make the event a great success.   
It was truly the perfect day to get outdoors and fish!

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