“˜Take a Kid Fishing Day”™ set for May 7 at Belwood Lake

Junior anglers can learn from the pros at the Shimano Take a Kid Fishing Day at Belwood Lake Park on May 7.

The event is free for registered participants, although they will have to pay park entry fees, which are $3 for children and $6 for adults.

There will be two half-day sessions, with space for 120 people each. The morning session runs from 8:30am to noon, with the afternoon session from 12:30 to 4pm. Kids in both sessions can join in the free barbecue lunch from noon to 1pm.

To register or for more information, send an email to belwoodlakepark@grandriver.ca. Provide full names, ages and specify the morning or afternoon session.

The day is designed to get new anglers aged 8 to 14 involved in fishing and help improve their skills. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

The children will take lessons and then try their new skills at the stocked pond in the conservation area. They’ll learn how to cast, rig lures, tie flies, identify various fish species and their habitats and learn how to catch more fish. Archery lessons are also available. The event brochure is available at grandriver.ca.

Event sponsors are GRCA, Shimano, Bass Pro Shops, Rapala, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters TackleShare, GayLea and POW Casting. The lunch is sponsored by the Friends of the Grand River.