Sport Fishing Project

Project DescriptionSport Fishing Youth with Fish

Sport Fishing is a project made for Montana. After all, a river runs through it! You will learn how to make your own fishing tackle, experience the world of aquatic ecology, and explore the relationship between fish, people, and the environment. You'll also learn about casting methods, how to decide on the proper tackle, and much more. 

Project Requirements

Project Books Required?: No

Project books can be purchased here

*** Please note, if you do not attend at least one workshop in your project area during the 4-H year, you will be required to complete activities in your project book and turn it in with your record book. The number of activities required to complete a 4-H year in each project book can be found here.

What needs to be accomplished to move on to level 2?

  • Participate in 9 learning activities each year over at least TWO years
  • Complete and have reviewed record books for two years

What needs to be accomplished to move on to level 3?

  • Participate in 9 learning activities each year over at least TWO years
  • Complete and have reviewed record books for two years at level 2
  • Do a presentation on some aspect of the Sport Fishing project and record in project pages
  • Should be able to do basic fishing knots as described in the Sport Fishing handout

What needs to be accomplished to move to the next levels from here?

  • Volunteer as a Junior Superintendent
  • Teach one of the indoor meeting classes (i.e. Fly tying, Fish ID, Fishing Knots, etc.)
  • Lead a group of 4-H fisherpersons during one of the outdoor fishing events (under adult supervision).

Project age limit? 8 and up

What should new members know?

  • All members, leaders, families and anyone else attending the meetings near the water will 
  • Wear a PFD (personal flotation device) throughout the meetings.
  • Numerous drives to local fishing locations are conducted.  These locations are generally within 30 miles.
  • Personal equipment is not required.  The 4-H Sport Fishing project has PFDs (personal flotation devices, fishing rods and reels and tackle for all members, families and leaders for use at each meeting.
  • Personal equipment use is encouraged (PFDs, and Rods and Reels) as each person will become more proficient using the same equipment all the time, at meetings and on their own.

Due Dates: Project members must be officially enrolled in the Sport Fishing project in order to participate in workshops on or near the water (beginning sometime in May)


  • April 9th in the BHB
  • April 16th at MT Wild
  • April 23rd at MT Wild
  • April 30th in the BHB
  • May 7th in the BHB
  • May 14th in the BHB
  • May 21st Fishing location TBD
  • May 28th Fishing location TBD
  • June 4th Fishing location TBD
  • June 11th Fishing location TBD
  • June 18th Fishing location TBD
  • June 25th Fishing location TBD
  • July 2nd Fishing location TBD
  • July 9th Fishing location TBD
  • July 16th Fishing location TBD
  • July 23rd Fishing location TBD
  • July 30th Fishing location TBD
  • August 6th Fishing location TBD
  • August 10th Fishing location TBD

Project Superintendent Information

Sport Fishing Superintendent: Guy Rainville
Contact: ltcdadret(at) or 406-439-3199
How will you be contacted? Newsletter, email and text messaging

Junior Superintendents: Garrison Edwards, Asa Wood, Beau Wood

Lewis & Clark County 4-H Sport Fishing Facebook Page

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