The Lake & Trails Youth Fishing Camp is a 5 year program designed for youngsters 9 years and older. Each year, the campers 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. All campers will attend Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Ohio Law classes, plus Water Rescue and Electro-Fishing Demonstrations. 

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 campers will take a canoeing course and cooking class, learn spin casting, cooking, and crappie fishing.

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

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

We’ve recently added a fifth-year program.  In addition to honing their fishing skills, campers will make their own fishing rod!