Published on July 14, 2012 | by Sandy Ward0
Kids? Gone Fishin’
Geauga Youth Fishing Clinic
There’s nothing quite like feeling something on the other end of that line – and this month at Swine Creek Reservation, ages 8 through 12 are invited to take that feeling for a test drive.
[highlight color="eg. yellow, black"]Kids’ Passport to Fishing Clinic will be held on Saturday, July 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation Lodge[/highlight], 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield/Parkman Townships.
A popular statewide program, Passport to Fishing helps young anglers “catch the fishing bug” by participating in four hands-on stations designed to give them skills, techniques, and information with a strong conservation message. It reaches area children through the Ohio Division of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife’s Aquatic Education Program.
To bring it to Geauga Park District, park volunteer Gene Zrinyi completed the instructor training program offered by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The following stations will be conducted by other volunteers using ODNR lesson plans:
- Fishing Knots & Rigging
- Local Information (Regulations, Fish ID, Places to Fish)
- Fish Habitat & Handling
Swine Creek’s pond is a popular “fishing hole” recommended by Park Biologist Paul Pira. It is populated by numerous sunfish and recently stocked, but there are never guarantees for fisherfolks! The location also has good shady spots for stations and restrooms nearby.
Register your child today for this free program, which is wheelchair/stroller accessible, online or call 440-286-9516.
Materials and a free lunch will be provided for registered youngsters. Parents planning to stay will need to bring their own lunches, but no siblings, please. Also, please note that for safety reasons, participants will need to bring sunglasses (or regular glasses) and a hat if they plan to fish. More information will be mailed upon registration.