by Nadine Meyer
Chapter 5 of the Fishing: Get in the Habitat! Leader’s Guide contains seven of the 39 lessons, focusing on fishing equipment and skills. Students will learn how to tie knots, make their own fishing rigs, cast a closed-faced (spincasting) rod and reel, and select correct baits, lures, and fishing locations based on fish habitats and food preferences.
Fishing is a lifelong activity that takes people outdoors and provides opportunities that develop awareness, knowledge, and enjoyment of ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams. Fishing brings families together and builds friendships by strengthening bonds between those who share experiences and special memories.
Students make and rig their own ice fishing jiggle sticks.
Your students may be interested in learning more about different ice fishing techniques. Invite a guest speaker from your local Darkhouse Association or Ice Team Representative. You may have parents that are willing to visit your class and show off their ice fishing tools and equipment as well.
You can use this lesson as part of a winter unit utilizing the a suite of winter and all-season lessons found in the MinnAqua Leader's Guide.
Have your students access these online resources to engage in these concepts further.
MinnAqua Ice Fishing Frenzy Youth Activity Book
DragonflyTV Do It Ice Fishing!
Let's Go Ice Fishing! Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Jan/Feb 2005 Young Naturalist