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November 29, 2018

Contact Project Leader: Tim Loughmiller at 219-275-3142 or if you have any questions about the Sportfishing project.


Level 1 Take the Bait BU-07598 (Grades 3, 4, 5); Level 2 Reel in the Fun BU-07599 (Grades 6, 7, 8); Level 3 Cast into the Future BU-07600 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12); Sport Fishing & Aquatic Resources Handbook, for reference, given to first-year members. No separate Record Sheet – all Levels should record activities on Pages 3 & 4 of manual. Turn in completed manual with poster at check-in. Manuals will be graded by project leaders during judging.

STATE FAIR ENTRY: One poster for each of the 3 levels.

Members will have many opportunities to go bank fishing at various locations in or near Newton County. Parents are welcome to accompany their children fishing. A ratio of 1 adult per ten 4-Hers is recommended.


Members have 2 exhibit options. Indicate on project label whether your project meets “State Fair” or “County Fair” requirements.

  1. Follow State Fair project guidelines and complete an exhibit that meets State Fair requirements as listed below to be eligible to exhibit at State Fair OR
  2. Follow county requirements as listed below to exhibit at the Newton County Fair only.
  3. Both State Fair and County Fair exhibits must complete activities as directed in the manual. Complete at least 3 activities from “Learning Experiences” on page 3, and 6 activities from the chart on page 5.  Record the date completed on pages 3 or 6. Members must satisfactorily complete manual requirements to have their exhibit considered for any award above a blue ribbon placing.  A merit award will be given to the most exceptional manual in each level.



Exhibit a poster on a topic listed below. Follow 4-H Poster Requirements and Guidelines on page 5 of the Periscope. Choose one of the topics listed below, appropriate for your grade in school, and create a poster based on what you learned from the activity. Use that topic for your exhibit title, so the judges know which activity you completed. You can also use a creative sub-title if you wish.


Level 1 Take the Bait (Grades 3, 4, & 5)

            Let’s Go Fishing (pp 6 & 7) – Complete the Angling Self-Assessment and practice landing a fish as             described in Playing a Fish. Display your self-assessment to show what you currently know about fishing and indicate what you hope to learn in this project. Draw or take photos of you "Playing a Fish."

            Pop Can Casting (pp 10 & 11) - Display a photo of you casting your pop can rig and your casting             record. Optional - display a photo of you casting a regular fishing rig and your casting record with that rig.

            Hook, Line, and Sinker (pp 14 & 15) - Display at least two of the rigs listed in Fishing Deeper, #1. You can             use a drawing or a picture to show these rigs. Answer the questions (Casting Out, Working the Lure,                    Setting the Hook, and Landing the Fish) on your exhibit.

            Fishy Baits (pp 24 & 25) - Complete and display cards similar to those shown (natural baits, prepared bait,             and artificial flies and lures). Answer the Casting Out questions on your exhibit.

            Which Fish is it? (pp 28 & 29) - Copy the pages in your manual and use the fish and the crossword             puzzle. Identify the fish and make a display that shows the correct answers in the puzzle. (Optional -             enlarge the crossword puzzle).


Level 2 Reel in the Fun (Grades 6, 7, & 8)

            A Different Spin (pp 6 & 7) - Display a picture of you while casting and a completed Casting Record and             Spinning Reel Parts diagram. Also, answer the Working the Lure and Setting the Hook questions. (You    may copy the ones in your manual or make your own.)

            A Fine Kettle of Fish (pp 14 & 15) - Show a drawing or photograph of you cooking fish. Include your             recipe and, if possible, pictures of you cleaning and/or cooking your fish.

            Clean up the Litterbug (pp 16 & 17) - Complete and display the chart shown on page 16. Draw or take a             photo of the fishing place that you cleaned up (before and after).

            The Woolly Bugger (pp 24 & 25) - Take pictures or make drawings to show how a wooly bugger is made.             Answer the Casting Out and Working the Lure questions.

            A Fish by Design (pp 32 & 33) - Draw, take pictures, or find pictures on the Internet or in             magazines to show (and identify) different mouth/feeding fish, body shapes, and fish with different                     coloration. Briefly explain (3-5) sentences or bullet points) why fish have different mouths, body shapes,      and coloration.


Level 3 Cast into the Future (Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12)

            A Reel Mess (pp 6 & 7) - Draw, take photos, or copy the reels shown in Cleaning a Reel. Label the reels, the parts of each reel, and where you might use it. Show how you cleaned a reel using pictures or      drawings.

            Designing a Skillathon Station (pp 8 & 9) - Make two skillathon stations (you may use the suggestions on             page 9 or another fishing topic of your choice). List the topic, realistic situation, task, and materials needed.             Take photographs of younger 4-H members using your stations.


Beads, Dog Hair, and Feathers (pp 10 & 11) - Collect materials and tie a fly. You can display your fly or a             picture of the fly. Also, list and draw or take pictures of the 7 materials in the matching game and indicate their potential use.

            Collecting Aquatic Insects (pp 18 & 19) - Complete and display the chart on page 18 (you may copy the             chart in your book or make your own). Draw or take pictures of your kick net and your sampling    procedures. Answer the questions in Casting Out and Working the Lure.

            Cast into the Future (pp 24 & 25) - Complete the Career Investigation Record after talking with someone             currently working in an area related to fish or fishing. Include a picture of the person you interviewed and             answer the questions in Casting Out, Working the Lure, Setting the Hook, and Landing the Fish.

            Keep a Field Journal (pp 26 & 27) - Reproduce or copy 3-5 Field Journal entries on your display.             Include photographs that show where you had the fishing experience, if possible.

            Playing Know Your Fish (pp30 & 31) – Make a “flap” quiz to teach fish facts. Show a picture or ask a             question about a fish. Give the answer(s) under the flap. Choose 5-10 fish using at least 5 fish from your             manual. Be sure to list multiple species if the information you provide applies to more than one of the             species you choose.


Independent Study: (Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12)

            Advanced Topic – Learn all you can about a sport fishing topic of your choice and present it on a             poster. Include a short manuscript, pictures, graphs, and list the references you used to describe what you             did and what you learned. Title your poster, “Advanced Sport Fishing – Independent Study.”

Mentoring – Exhibit a poster that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning,

the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged.

 Title your poster, “Advanced Sport fishing – Mentor.”



  1. Each member must make, conduct, or construct a project related to Sportfishing. The project counts toward the overall project score. There are no specific requirements.  Be creative – show fair-goers how much you enjoy fishing! Examples include photos and a story about a fishing experience, a display of fishing lures you have in your tackle box, a display of fishing equipment, an explanation of cleaning fish you have caught, etc.  A member may also exhibit documentation (photos) of a project you completed to improve or encourage the sport of fishing.

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