Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Approximately 100 Columbus-area Youths To Participate In Fishing Event
The Central Ohio Chapter of Muskies, Inc. will host its annual youth fishing event on Thursday, July 12th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Whetstone Park in Columbus. Approximately 100 youths, who are participants in Columbus Recreation and Parks summer programs, are expected to attend this event.
The Central Ohio Chapter of Muskies, Inc. organizes this event, with the help of George Wilson of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, to coincide with a Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) program aimed at directing youths toward positive activities and away from drug use. For some youths, Thursday's event may be their first fishing experience.
A $500 ODNR Division of Wildlife Step Outside Grant, plus a $400 Conservation Club Grant from the Ohio Division of Wildlife along with donations from Muskies, Inc. club members purchased channel catfish to stock in the pond, food for the kids and each participant in the HOFNOD program with their own rod and reel to use for future fishing trips.
This annual event is cooperation between the Central Ohio Chapter of Muskies, Inc., the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, and the ODNR Division of Wildlife.
The Central Ohio Chapter of Muskies, Inc.
Elmer Heyob, 937-309-5359
Rob VanGorder, 740-225-1152
George Wilson, Columbus Recreation and Parks