State seeks instructors for new fishing program

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Vt. Fish & Wildlife is seeking instructors for its Let’s Go Fishing program. A free training workshop for interested volunteers is scheduled for September 17 in Vergennes. (Photo courtesy of Vt. Fish & Wildlife)

Vt. Fish & Wildlife is seeking instructors for its Let’s Go Fishing program. A free training workshop for interested volunteers is scheduled for September 17 in Vergennes. (Photo courtesy of Vt. Fish & Wildlife)

The Vt. Fish & Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers to become “Let’s Go Fishing” instructors and pass on Vermont’s fishing tradition to the next generation.

The department will host a one-day training workshop for new instructors on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Rd., Vergennes.

Instructors in the Let’s Go Fishing program organize and instruct clinics in their communities for young people and their families. Participants in the training workshop will learn how to teach a fishing clinic, including fishing ethics, aquatic ecology, fisheries management, habitat conservation and tackle craft. The class is informal, and it is not necessary to have a high level of fishing expertise to become an instructor.

“Becoming an instructor will give you the opportunity to introduce Vermonters, both young and old, to the joys of fishing while teaching them all they need to know to enjoy a day on the water,” Let’s Go Fishing coordinator Corey Hart said.

The training is free, and all curriculum materials and lunch will be provided. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and you must be 18 to participate. Register by September 9 by calling 505-5562 or emailing letsgofishing@vermont.gov.