Squirrel fishing

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This squirrel is just about to catch the peanut.
A squirrel being successfully lifted

Squirrel fishing is the sporting practice of "catching" squirrels and attempting to lift them into the air using a nut (preferably a peanut) tied to a string or fishing line, and optionally some kind of fishing pole.[1]

There has been some debate over where modern squirrel fishing originated. The practice was popularized by Nicholas Middleton and Zmira Zilkha during their summers at Middlebury College Italian Language School, by Nikolas Gloy and Yasuhiro Endo at the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University,[2] and by the Berkeley Squirrel Fisher's Club (BSF), an official student group at the University of California, Berkeley, that has been featured in the campus newspaper.[3] As of 2009, Ohio State University also had a squirrel fishing club.[4] Michigan State University was late to join in 2015.[5]

Squirrel fishing occurred at least as early as 1889 in the United States.[6]


  1. ^ "Commentary: A noble line: Reel squirrel fishing in as Club sport". Oregon Daily Emerald. May 5, 2004. Archived from the original on November 24, 2007. 
  2. ^ Techtv: Leo Laportes 2003 Technology Almanac, Leo (2006). Techtv: Leo Laportes 2003 Technology Almanac. Pearson Education. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7897-2847-0. 
  3. ^ Ritchie, Bryan (May 6, 2002). "Nutty Goodness". The Daily Californian. 
  4. ^ "Representing OSU: A Conference for Legal Counsel, November 20, 2009" (pdf). p. 8. Retrieved December 12, 2014. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "MSU's Newest Sport: Squirrel Fishing" (html). Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ "The Pacific Coast". The Pullman Herald. April 6, 1889. p. 1. 

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