Most current programs use public lakes for their fishing experience(s) and most participants fish on the same water body. In many situations, a state or county park is used that has developed facilities and amenities, such as fishing piers, developed bank fishing opportunities, boat rentals, boat ramps, rest rooms, pavilions, picnic areas, etc.
Selecting a location that has adequate room for participants to spread out is important for participant safety. Allowing them to have options to fish a variety of specific locations around the water body is recommended.
In some situations, mentors/guides bring boats for participants to fish out of. If private boats are used, a written agreement may be advisable that includes expectations and responsibilities, as well as insurance considerations.
See the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Best Practices Workbook for Boating, Fishing and Aquatic Resources Stewardship Education for additional information on organizing a fishing event.
Time should be allocated to visit the water body and become familiar with it and its associated facilities. In addition, finding additional fishing areas should be included as part of the classroom instruction. Using aerial photographs or Google Earth is recommended to hone in on specific fishing areas.
Fortunately, finding places to fish is relatively easy; most state agencies publish lists of public fishing areas and access points. However, finding specific, productive areas to fish may be more difficult. At a minimum it will require time and effort.