Learn to Fish (L2F)

One of the department’s most popular activities is the interactive Learn to Fish (L2F) program. Learn to Fish teaches children the basics of sportfishing, along with ethics and environmental stewardship.

Held during the spring and summer of 2012, the L2F program taught more than 1,600 youth from a variety of backgrounds introductory angling skills. The program is geared towards youth in Grade 4 through high school. L2F programs are presented to schools, Cubs, Scouts, Girl Guides, 4-H groups, and youth at recreation day camps.

L2F is delivered by department staff and volunteers. The program consists of two main components: classroom presentations and outdoor lessons. Classroom presentations consist of an introduction to freshwater sportfish in Nova Scotia, habitat characteristics, basics of tackle, assembling a fishing rod, safety, ethics and respect, and health benefits from outdoor recreation. Outdoor lessons consist of a hands-on sportfishing workshop at a nearby lake.

Sponsors for the Learn to Fish program include Pure Fishing Canada, Shakespeare, Shimano, Berkley, Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Hants West Wildlife Association, Richmond County Wildlife Association, the Mark Weare First Cast Radio Show, and Halifax Wildlife Association.

The L2F program prepares the next generation of aquatic stewards by teaching safe and ethical angling skills to youth. The popularity of the program, and positive feedback from students and teachers, means organizers are busy planning for the next session.

For information, contact Inland Fisheries Division or call (902) 485-7028.

To download free program material:


Amber Creamer
Sportfish Development Officer
Phone: (902) 485-7021
Email: Amber.Creamer@novascotia.ca