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DNR State Fair Fishing Pond
The DNR’s Go FishIN program operates the Fishin’ Pond during the State Fair — now in its ninth year. The Fishin’ Pond allows fishing pondchildren ages 5-17 the opportunity to fish for free. Parents sign-up their kids at the registration table, families listen to a short talk about fishing safety, kids then fish for up to 15 min, and finally kids can make a craft and receive a coloring book at the educational table. In 2013, 3,920 kids fished at the Pond (100 more than in 2012), and, for many of them, this was their first fishing experience. The program would not be such a success without the wonderful volunteers.

Would you like to volunteer?  We need hundreds of people to help during the 17 days of the Fair.  Volunteers get free admission to the Fair, a free Fishing Pond T-shirt, and the opportunity to fish with kids for a few hours at the Pond.  If you don’t like touching worms, getting fishy, or standing in the sun, other volunteer needs are available.  The Pond has 4 volunteer stations and needs a total of 18 volunteers each 3-hour fishing session: Registration (2), Fishing (12), Equipment (2), and Education (2).

You will help parents register their kids and let them know where they need to go next. 

You will work directly with the kids and their families around the Pond.  You will assist 2-3 kids at a time during their fishing experience and help bait hooks, cast the cane pole, catch fish, and return fish to the water. 

Equipment fishing
You will tie knots to hooks and supply the fishing crew with ready-to-go cane poles. 

You will help kids with a hands-on, educational, craft activity, which will be supplied. You will also hand out take home materials.

If you are interested in volunteering at the State Fair Fishing Pond, please call (317) 234-8440 or email