Wednesday, April 25, 2012
South Bend youth fishing day
A free youth fishing day in South Bend on May 19 will offer plenty activities for both children and adults.
The all-day event at Pinhook Park is a partnership between the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, the DNR Division of Law Enforcement, the South Bend Parks and Recreation Department, local conservation organizations and local businesses.
Youth anglers will receive basic instruction on casting and angling, fish cleaning, water safety, and fish identification. They will then fish at Pinhook Lagoon with coaches. Fishing poles, bait, and tackle will be provided. The event will end with an awards ceremony for all anglers who complete the clinic.
There will also be a DNR electrofishing shock boat demonstration.
To encourage participation, the DNR will stock 400 keeper-size rainbow trout into Pinhook Lagoon.
While the youth anglers receive instruction, presentations on local fishing opportunities will take place for adults. The presentations will include information on Lake Michigan fishing, St. Joseph River trout and salmon production, and fishing laws. Area conservation organizations also will have information booths. The Michiana Steelheaders will provide a fish boil to all participants and their families for lunch.
The event is open to the first 100 youths, ages 4-17, who register. Registration begins May 1 online at sbpark.org or by phone at (574) 299-4765. For more information, call Keilah Ehrman, South Bend Parks and Recreation Department, at (574) 235-9504.
All state fishing regulations will be in effect, and anglers 18 years and older must possess a current Indiana fishing license. During this event, anyone 18 years or older assisting youth while they fish must have a fishing license.
Robert Bell, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, (574) 255-4199.