Yvonne Brown

As a child, I was taught how to fish by my father on the shores of Rice Lake but it was only nine years ago that my passion for the sport was re-ignited after joining a couple of local bass clubs. My involvement at charity events and kids’ derbies, such as the Port Perry Bassmasters’ Kids’ Fishing Day, ultimately led to me to becoming a fishing instructor at the Women’s Outdoor Weekend held annually by the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters. As an ambassador for Keep Canada Fishing, she promotes National Fishing Week at every opportunity.

Aside from my volunteer work, I am an active participant in a number of tournaments in Ontario including the Kingston Canadian Open of Fishing, the Canada-US Walleye tournament and the Ontario BASS Nation Qualifier.

In 2012, I created the Fishing 101 for Women program which has been offered in various cities in Ontario to women with an interest in learning recreational angling.  The program is now one of several run under the organization of Ontario Women Anglers.  http://www.fishing101forwomen.ca/

My focus is to contribute to the growth of the sport by increasing female participation, and in turn, so that women will pass on their skills and knowledge to the next generation of new anglers. In February 2016, I received the Rick Amsbury Award of Excellence presented by the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame for my contributions to the sport. I am the first female recipient of the award.