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Fishing in the Classroom Lures More Student to Learn About Angling

Chelsie Brown
Updated: November 27, 2019 10:42 PM

As a junior high math teacher, most of the day Luke Adam talks numbers, but by the end of the day he’s talking fishing.

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"My favorite activity without a doubt is fishing," said Adam. "I wanted to somehow bring fishing to Nashwauk High School.

Combining his two passions teaching and fishing, Adam wrote a 20,000 dollar grant request last summer to the DNR. He proposed that they underwrite a class focused on recruiting, retaining, and reactivating anglers in Minnesota.

"My goal was to make them first of all successful when they go fishing, but also make them aware of the threats that can really ruin the fishing gamut in Minnesota.

By the spring semester of 2019, Spartan Angling was created. The next question was; would this fishing class lure students to take the course? You betcha.

"I think we had over 35 kids sign up for it," said Adam.

Nashwauk-Keewatin is a 7-12 high school that graduates about 40-50 kids a year. In its second semester as an elective, it’s still a favorite among the students.

"It’s one I look forward to every day," said Nashwauk-Keewatin senior Alex Keranen.

They students say they learn more than just how to fish.

"We talk about shoreline management and how to keep lakes clean and healthy," said Nashwauk-Keewatin senior Matthew Sallila.

"We also learn about the invasive species and how to keep your boat and everything dry to prevent invasive species in the lake," added Keranen.

Adam says his focus is on teaching students to ask themselves, when you show up to a lake, where are you going to fish and why? After learning these things in the classroom students get to take what they learn to the water.

"We went up to Bray Lake on open water fishing and we were looking at a couple of species. I've never caught a dog fish before. We went out in about 20 feet of water and pretty soon I caught a dog fish," explained Nashwauk-Keewatin junior Nick Miskovich.

Adam feels that with this class he has the ability to create lifelong anglers who can establish lifelong traditions. The most important thing is investing in kids so they keep their love for the outdoors. <,p> "We live in the land of 10,000 lakes. You might as well learn how to fish," said Nashwauk-Keewatin senior Tavian Hallmark.

Click here to learn more about Spartan Angling.

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