BELWOOD – Junior anglers can learn from the pros at the annual Shimano Take a Kid Fishing Day at Belwood Lake Conservation Area on June 2.
The day is designed for new anglers between 8 and 14, allowing them to try fishing for the first time, or to improve their skills.
Children will take lessons and then try their new skills at the stocked trout pond in the park. They’ll visit activity stations where they will learn how to cast, archery, tie flies, identify various fish species and their habitats, and learn how to catch more fish.
Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.
The event is free for registered participants, however park entry fees apply to all guests. Fees are $7 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and people with disabilities, $3 for children (6 to 14) and free for children five and under.
The event is also free for those with a Grand River Parks Membership pass.
There will be two half-day sessions, with space for 120 people in each session. The morning session is set for 9am to noon, and the afternoon session runs from 1 to 4pm.
Kids and their guardians in both sessions can enjoy a free barbecue lunch from noon to 1pm.
To register, or find out more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide full names and ages of participating children along with your request for morning or afternoon session.
Space is limited. Participants must register in advance via email.
The park is located at 8282 Wellington Road 18, four kilometres east of Fergus. An event poster is available on the GRCA website at www.grandriver.ca/events.
Event sponsors include the GRCA, Shimano, Bass Pro Shops, Rapala, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation, TackleShare, Gay Lea Foods, POW Casting and the Wellington County Stewardship Council.
The lunch for Take a Kid Fishing Day is arranged and sponsored by Friends of the Grand River.