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Hook and Cook


Hook and Cook is a workshop that provides anglers of all skill sets with the knowledge they need to improve their fishing and safely eat what they catch.​​

​Hook and Cook Workshops Reviews:

  • Biology, Ecology, and Identification of Fish
  • Fishing Regulations
  • Cooking Tools and Safety
  • Fish Filleting, Handling, and Storage
  • Food Recipes with a Cooking Demo
  • Fishing Pole and Equipment Selection​
  • Artificial and Live Bait Selection
  • Knot Tying and Pole Assembly
  • Casting Techniques
  • Much more!

The workshop is composed of classroom and field portions. During the field portion, participants practice filleting fishing and the new fishing skills they learned with the assistants of an instructor!

Each participant must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid Kentucky fishing license. You can purchase a valid license here: License Sales Application.​

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Kayak Fishing 101

Welcome to our beginner kayak fishing course! This three-day course will teach you how to safely and effectively fish from a kayak. This course is designed for kayakers or anglers wanting to combine the two skills or someone new to both.

​​Easton Copley

Day 1 (October 11th, 6:00pm- 8:30pm, Boone County extension office)

​This portion covers basic concepts including, but not limited to kayak safety including types of lifejackets, types of watercraft and their features, paddle techniques, navigation of flowing water systems, boat ramp and waterway etiquette, fish identification, (biology and habitat), equipment, conservation including improving water quality, and licensing and regulations.​

Location: Boone County Extension Office
Cost: ​N/A

​​​Day 2: October 18, 2022 – 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (ET)

The practical portion includes loading and unloading a kayak trailer, propelling and steering a kayak, weight distribution, how to secure gear, boat positioning for fishing and navigation of flowing water systems, access points, location selection, target areas, casting techniques, knot tying, both artificial and live bait selection, how to bait a hook, hook removal, safety, and when to fish (time of day/time of year).

Location: Boone County Extension Office
Cost: ​N/A​

Day 3: October 22, 2022 – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (ET)

​This portion of the class will be a float fishing trip on Gunpowder Creek. It will be a four-hour paddle with plenty of opportunities to practice the skills learned in the two previous portions of this class.
Location: Boone County Extension Office and Gunpowder Creek
Cost: N/A​

Image showing a Girl smiling for the camera as she displays a knife in her left hand and cut fish in her right  

Image showing two girls seated and watching as the girl to the right works a knot on a hook

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Field to Fork

Our Field to Fork ​programs are​ a unique, start-to-finish workshop that teaches adult participants everything they need to know in order to successfully hunt a specific game species. Our current offerings include dove, squirrel, spring turkey and deer hunting workshops.​​ ​ ​ ​

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a man is fishing at the side of a pondA couple is smiling for the camera as a woman is holding out a Fishing Pole into a pondA girl is cutting up a fish an a table as a man helps her.