Sport Fish Restoration

Aquatic Education

A Place to Learn, Have Fun and Fish!

Boy holding a Black Drum

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Section's mission is to serve as the principal advocate for and steward of South Carolina's natural resources.

We strive to educate the public on recreational fishing techniques, opportunities and angler ethics, as well as provide information to learn about South Carolina's aquatic ecosystems, how they function and the biology and identification of the species within these ecosystems.

Check out some of the fun fishing and learning opportunities we have available.

Family Fishing Clinics

Link to Fishing 101 Web Page

Family Fishing Clinics are introductory classes to fishing. Family Fishing Clinics will teach skills on how to tie fishing knots, how to rig a rod and reel, casting and the best part is everyone will get to try their hand at fishing. All ages are welcome, so come out and play, enjoy the outdoors and make this a Family Fun Day!

Certified DNR Fishing Instructor Program

Help hook kids and families on fishing! Become a Certified DNR Fishing Instructor and host Family Fishing Clinics throughout the state.

Fishing Rodeos

Fishing Rodeos events are designed to provide youth with opportunities to catch fish. Come out and visit a fishing rodeo near you!

My First Fish Certificate

Want to congratulate someone you know for their very special first fish? Use this certificate (En Español) to present your young angler with a sentimental keepsake.

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

Link to Fishing Tackle Loaner Program Web Page

Have you ever wanted to try the sport of fishing, but never had the equipment to do so? The tackle loaner program is for you! Several tackle loaner sites are set up around the state at various state parks to provide an opportunity for adults, kids, and families to try their hand at fishing. Check out a tackle loaner site near you, borrow a rod and catch a fish!

SC Reel Art

Link to SC Reel Art Web Page

After 10+ years of existence it is sadly time to let the Reel Art program swim with the fishes. The school year ending in 2016 is the final year the program will be offered. We are so thrilled with the quality of art, diversity and creativity students submitted to the competition. The skill that exists with our state's youth and interest in natural resources makes us proud! Please continue to make and share your fish artwork.

Trout in the Classroom (TIC)

Trout in the Classroom

Teachers Take Note! Expose your students to a world of wonder. Let your students raise trout from eggs to fingerlings. Students can be responsible for daily care and maintenance of the fish. All we ask is that you use the tanks as a teaching tool and turn in lesson plans with the correlating standards as to how you are going to use the Trout in the Classroom!

Youth Bass Fishing League

Boy holding a Large Mouth Bass

Calling all middle and high schools! Students can establish school bass fishing clubs to compete for prizes, scholarships and more on a club, state and national level. Get outdoors, relax, have fun and make friends by fishing for your school!