Bong Anglers Attend Fishing School

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Future anglers attended their own school at Bong Recreational Park during the last week in March. Seminars and workshops were led by Reid Urban, Dennis Veldman, and Jim Barret, and Eagle Scout Harley Perkins.   All four volunteered their time as Angler Education instructors.

Volunteer instructor, Urban, provided a three day seminar teaching adults and kids with little or no knowledge of bass and pan fishing. Anglers took part in a two hour program for pan fishing and a four hour class for bass fishing. After each session, the anglers tested their new skills at a pond.


While in the classroom, anglers learned about types of fishing line, how to choose a rod and reel, rigging a bobber, various baits, fish identification, and fish migration. The attendees also learned about map reading, boating and fishing safety. The highlite of each classroom session came when anglers experienced how to “feel a nibble”, setting the hook, and landing the fish.

At the fishing hole
After the classroom, the anglers assembled along the banks of the pond to practice the classroom lessons.

“I think the combined lecture and workshop scenario was very effective since the student gets to hear it, see it and do it. Fishing is a great sport for all because success depends more on what you know than how big and strong you are. It is my hope to teach more Instructors so that we can bring smiles to even more successful beginners.” said Urban.

Contact Theresa Stabo and Kim Anderson of the WDNR Angler Education for additional information. Kimberly.Anderson@wisconsin.gov. Phone (608) 266-2244.