Youth Fishing Camp


The Lake and Trails Youth Fishing Camp is a five-year program designed for youngsters 9 years of age and older. Each year the Kids will acquire new skills, from certified instructors, Ohio Division of Watercraft and Wildlife Officers. This program offers education and plenty of time to fish the beautiful Leesville Lake in Ohio.

The first year will focus on basic water safety, knot tying, lure making, fly tying, basic casting, trout pond and lake fishing.

In addition to reviewing some of the skills they learned their first year, second year students will attend a a canoeing course, cooking class, spin casting, cooking, and crappie fishing on Leesville Lake.

During the third year camp, the youngsters will be paddling into their kayaking course, topographical structure, bow fishing, fly tying, fly casting techniques, fly fishing a trout stream and crappie fishing. 

Fourth-year students continue the program by motor boating on Leesville Lake, learning trolling techniques, muskie lure making, muskie fishing, and trout stream fly fishing. These students will make there own filet knife.

We've recently added a fifth-year program.  In addition to honing their fishing skills, these students will learn to make their own fishing rod!

Every 1st-year student will receive their very own rod and reel combo, as well as, various fishing tackle. All students attended an Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Ohio Law classes, plus Water Rescue and Electro-Fishing Demonstrations.