Oklahomans can learn to fish this summer at a number of free
family fishing clinics held by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation in Oklahoma City and Jenks.
Through the Wildlife Department’s Aquatic Resources Education
Program (AREP), kids and adults can take just a few hours to attend
a fishing clinic, and come out with a knowledge of such topics as
fish identification, knot-tying, fish cleaning and cooking, fishing
tackle selection, equipment use, water safety, outdoor ethics and
more. Most clinics, including those held at the Wildlife
Department’s Arcadia Conservation Education Area in Edmond and at
the Zebco Casting Pond in Jenks, include hands-on fishing
opportunities at stocked ponds.
The AREP program is designed to help people get a start in the
sport of fishing so they can take advantage of the many fishing
opportunities available to them throughout the state.
According to Damon Springer, aquatic resource education
coordinator for the Wildlife Department, the free clinics benefit
families trying to learn about the sport as well as those looking
for easy and affordable opportunities to spend time with
Most clinics will be held at the Wildlife Department’s Arcadia
Conservation Education Area in Edmond or the Zebco Casting Pond in
Jenks. Others will be held at local ponds in Oklahoma City. A full
listing of AREP clinics can be viewed on the Wildlife Department’s
website at wildlifedepartment.com. Pre-registration is required to
attend an AREP class and can be done by calling the contact number
listed with each clinic.
The Aquatic Resources Education Program is the Department’s
means to promote the sport of fishing and aquatic resource
awareness as well as a way to give youth, regardless of family
situation, an opportunity to learn how to fish and to gain an
understanding of Oklahoma’s aquatic environments.
Developed in 1988, the program’s objectives are to increase the
understanding, appreciation, and awareness of Oklahoma’s aquatic
resources; facilitate the learning of angling skills, outdoor
ethics, and sport fishing opportunities in the state; enhance urban
fishing opportunities; develop adult fishing clinics and provide
information on specialized fishing techniques.
For more information about the Aquatic Resources Education
Program, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.