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GRCA hosting Take a Kid Fishing Day at its Belwood Lake park on Sunday

Are you and your family looking to step up your fishing game? Junior anglers will have the opportunity to learn from the pros and enjoy a barbecue meal on June 3 at Belwood Lake Park at the Shimano Take a Kid Fishing Day.

“Children, ages 8-14, and their parents will have a better understanding how to engage in entry-level fishing and how to go about getting started,” explained Derek Strub, superintendent of the Grand River Conservation Authority park at Belwood Lake. “They will have a knowledge of fish species and how to attempt to catch different species as well.” Children will learn a variety of skills including archery, tie flies, learning how to cast, and how to identify different species of fish.

For those interested it is best to buy your tickets quickly since they generally sell out, according to the GRCA’s Lisa Stocco.

“It’s a very popular event,” she said. “It usually sells out every single year. There’s usually not enough space for the level of interest that there is.” This is the 14th year in a row this event has occurred.

It is not sold out yet, according to Strub.

“It is a very popular event so those interested are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible,” he said.

There will be two half-day sessions, with space for 120 people in each session. The morning session is set for 9 a.m. to noon, and the afternoon session runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids and their guardians in both sessions will enjoy a free barbecue lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

The lake is filled with rainbow trout and is generally a catch-and-release event. “However, if a fish is hooked badly and it’s not appropriate to release them, the fish would be kept to be eaten,” explained Strub.

“We have many experts on site,” he added. “Biologists, fly tyers, archery instructors, serious anglers, and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters staff doing presentations.”

The event is free for all registered participants, however, park fees apply to all guests. Fees are $7 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and people with disabilities and $3 for children, and free for children five and under. The event is free for anyone with a GRCA membership pass. The park is located at 8282 Wellington County Rd. 18, four kilometres east of Fergus.

They request the full names and ages of participating children along with your request for morning or afternoon session. Anyone wishing to register for the event or find out more information can email belwoodlakepark@grandriver.ca.

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