Spring is officially here, but it certainly did not feel very spring-like outside KC’s Crisp Technology Center on a snowy and cold evening recently. But inside, in the first Fishing class sponsored by KC’s Community Education department, folks were dreaming of getting out on the water and making the first catch of the spring.
Eleven students, including Ed Spencer of Odin and his grandsons Kyle Kampwerth of Beckemeyer and Colton Spencer of Salem, brought along their favorite rods and reels to learn techniques such as line selection, knot tying, and characteristics to look for when selecting a good fishing rod from class instructor Gary Jones and guest instructor Steve Black from Bass Pro Shops in St. Charles, Missouri.
“It is something to do while we wait for the weather to warm up,” said Ed Spencer. “You can always learn something new, and they [his grandsons] just love anything to do with fishing.”
Instructor Gary Jones brought his boat inside the garage doors at the Crisp Center for a lesson on casting etiquette and the use of electronic tools to aid in finding fish, while Spencer talked about the lessons he has learned in his years of managing his own pond for fish.
Another lesson had to do with the basics of crappie fishing, which is very popular in the spring, including lure selection and presentation, the importance of cover to crappie, and the range of water temperatures and other factors that help determine when crappie are likely to be most active.
Students were encouraged to spread the word about the fishing class so that another class would be as successful as the first.
Another fishing activity at KC is the formation of a Fishing Club, co-sponsored by Josh Adkins, Jeff Ebel, and Kevin Tenpenny. The club expects to be a venue for interested students to learn more about fish species and habitat, boating courtesy and safety, and useful fishing tips and techniques. KC is also offering a physical education class that focuses on fishing as a healthy activity. Adkins says that he is excited to get the Fishing Club off and running at Kaskaskia College and is hoping for a large amount of interested students.
Spring is here, and warm weather will come. If you love to fish, let KC help with tips and knowledge, meeting fellow anglers, and maybe earning credit for the pastime you enjoy. Plans are being made to offer an additional fishing class later this summer.
For more information on the Fishing class or other Community education classes, please contact Cydney Richardson, KC’s Director of Community education, at 618-545-3256 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.