Fishing is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Fishing.

Fishing 1
What you can do in this project: identify types of tackle; organize a tackle box; identify different types of bait and fish in your area; learn to take proper care of your catch.
Grades: 3-5
Resource: 07598, Take the Bait

Fishing 2
What you can do in this project: find fishing information on the Internet; cast a spinning rod and reel; learn to tie fishing knots; select a recipe and cook a fish; collect and analyze aquatic life.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 07599, Reel in the Fun

Fishing 3
What you can do in this project: learn to reassemble a fishing reel; make artificial flies and lures; modify fishing equipment; investigate fishing careers.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 07600, Cast into the Future

Fishing Leader
Resources: 07601, Fishing Adventures – Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?



Want to learn more about Fishing? Try the links below.

Fishing Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including fishing. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into this fun fishing activity.

  • PDF file Pop Can Casting (2 pages, 45 KB) Make a pop can casting rig and conduct a casting contest.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Fishing Project. Just follow these links!

Colorado 4-H Sportfishing Project
Activities and links to fishing sites for youth, volunteers and educators.

Go Wild With Wisconsin Wildcards
An activity kit from the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources that includes more than 250 “trading cards,” featuring some of Wisconsin’s plants, wildlife and special places. Great resource for helping Wisconsinites (of all ages) get to know their state and its natural resource issues.

Upham Woods Environmental Education Center
The best way to learn about the environment is to experience it! Upham Woods offers water and fishing activities at its 310-acre site on the Wisconsin River near Wisconsin Dells.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Government web site that offers up-to-date information on fishing in the United States.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Fish
Guide to links for many fishing-related sites.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources: Environmental Education for Kids
Everything you need to know about ice fishing.

Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources: Fishing Wisconsin
Site that offers up-to-date information on fishing in Wisconsin.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Fishing Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.