New Instructors and Accomplishments

New Instructors

January - June 2021 (PDF)

July - December 2020 (PDF)

January - June 2020 (PDF)

July - December 2019 (PDF)

Aquatic Education Year in Review - 2020

September 2019 - August 2020

We want to extend our sincerest gratitude to all our dedicated volunteers for the hard work and time you gave this past year to safely share the joy of fishing. This year has been a challenge but has also presented all of us with new opportunities. We know we can count on you to help people as they focus on ways to spend time outside. Whether you helped at one event or many throughout the year, taught online or in person, every hour contributed made a difference in someone's life and increased their love of the outdoors.

Everyone who documents 100 or more hours receives a special "100 hour" lapel pin. 

Year in Review (PDF)
(fiscal year 2020)

Top Lures (100 hours +), Volunteers and Staff
(fiscal year 2020) (PDF)

Tackle Loaner Report  (PDF)
(fiscal year 2020)

Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

Shane Wilson, TPWD Area ChiefCongratulations to TPWD Angler Education Area Chief Shane Wilson who will be inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame for 2020. Shane is the founder of the non-profit organization, Fishing’s Future. The Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is housed at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Its mission is to “recognize and honor those who have made a lasting contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas, and to foster a sense of appreciation, awareness and participation in the sport of fishing.” Wilson will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in June 2020.

Area Chief Trainers

Our 19th annual Area Chief Training and Meeting was held online August 10-11, 2021. Please join us in welcoming our new Area Chiefs: 

  • Chad Timmons
  • Chris Johnson
  • Jack Gillis
  • Jim Bratton
  • Jeremy Hancock
  • Dr. Lon Brown
  • Mason Gilfoil
  • Natalia Gonzalez
  • Paul Locklear

Certified instructors who demonstrate leadership for teaching angler education to youth and adults (minimum of 1 lead report and 25 service hours during the past year) qualify to become an Area Chief Trainer. Please contact your regional Angler Education Training Specialist if you are interested in becoming an Area Chief.  

2021 Area Chief Training and Meeting group photo:

Area Chief Awards

There are five award levels including the new DIAMOND award that was added in 2019. The Diamond award along with the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards are earned by Area Chiefs for their leadership and dedication to our Angler Education Instructor training program. The award is based on the number of instructors trained, cumulative from year to year, through January  31st of each year. Congratulations to all the awardees


Legacy Members

In 2021 a Legacy designation was created - 22 Area Chiefs have earned the NEW Legacy honor! These members were certified as Area Chiefs 10+ years ago and are still actively teaching. 

Legacy Plaque 2021.jpg