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Hooked on Fishing offers free fishing programs and loaner equipment for youth and community groups.




Free Fishing Programs for Youth Groups

boys fishing off a dockMaryland Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Resources Education Program conducts FREE mini sessions of the "Hooked on Fishing" program for community and youth groups.

  • Aquatic Resources Education Staff will provide fishing equipment and instruction to small groups with maximum size of 20 students per session.
  • This program is designed for children ages 8-15.
  • A local fishing site will be determined. Groups supply their own bait and transportation. Adult leaders must accompany the group.
  • 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 needs and availability of the group.
  • Children of all ability and experience levels are welcome.

See our Hooked on Fishing flyer below for more details.  Complete and return the registration form to secure your Hooked on Fishing Program.

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Loaner Equipment Program

A tacklebox and many fishingrods leaning against a wall.​The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Resources Education Program has a limited amount of fishing equipment available to loan to organizations. Summer camps, scout troops, 4-H clubs, YMCA’s and other education-based organizations are eligible to borrow equipment for free. It is the sole responsibility of the sponsoring organization to pick up, properly maintain, and return the equipment.

See our loaner flyer below for more details. Please contact us with questions or to make reservations for our loaner equipment.

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Fishing Rods and Tackle

  • Rods with reels and common tackle (bobbers, hooks, sinkers) are available.
  • Casting plugs and casting targets can be borrowed separately upon request.
  • Fishing equipment for derbies and events is available on a limited basis.
  • Call to reserve equipment at least two months or more prior to the event.

a tackle box filled with casting plugs and targetsCasting Kit

  • Try to "hook" and reel in a stationary plastic fish to demonstrate accuracy in casting.
  • The kit is a tackle box filled with casting plugs and casting targets (Backyard Bass).
  • Rods, reels, and tackle must be reserved separately if needed.

Fish Painting Kit

  • Enjoy the Japanese art form of Gyotaku (fish printing) with realistic fish molds.
  • T-shirts, cards, posters, and framed prints are just a few crafts created with fish printing.
  • Simply borrow our Free Fish Painting Kit, which includes paintbrushes, paint trays, fabric markers (for tracing without using paint), and fish molds, all in an easy-to-carry tackle box.
  • All you need to buy are small acrylic paints and paper or cloth for applying the print.

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Contact

​​Cindy Etgen
Aquatic Resources Education
Section Chief - Chesapeake and Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-8716
cindy.etgen@maryland.gov​​​​​​​