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Free Day Program for Small Groups

This Program is Designed for Children Ages 8-15

Maryland DNR conducts free mini sessions of the "Hooked on Fishing" program for community and youth groups upon request.

This program is offered Tuesdays through Thursdays.

DNR staff will provide fishing equipment and instruction to small groups (maximum size of 20 students per session).

A local fishing site will be determined. Groups supply their own bait and transportation. Adult leaders must accompany the group.

Participants learn how to set up a rod including knot tying and attaching tackle.

Casting practice, angler ethics, catch and release, and safety will be covered before fishing.

A typical session lasts 1.5-3 hours. Session length can be adjusted to fit the availability of the group.

Girls fishing
Children of all ability levels are welcome.

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  • Martha Shaum
    Hooked on Fishing
    Aquatic Resource Education
    MD Department of Natural Resources
    580 Taylor Ave., E-2
    Annapolis, MD 21401