Families interested in learning how to fish are invited to Kids Fishing Day on May 18 at Crosley Fish & Wildlife Area near North Vernon.

The free event runs starts at 8 a.m. at Nighthawk Lake off State Road 7 on the eastern side of Crosley FWA.

DNR employees will teach participants about fishing regulations, safety, tying knots, and safely handling fish. DNR employees also will answer questions about where to fish, what types of bait to use for certain species, and more.

Fishing will end at noon. Afterward, DNR employees will recognize the anglers who caught the first fish, biggest fish and most fish.

The DNR will supply fishing poles and bait. Participants with their own poles are encouraged to bring them.

The event coincides with statewide Free Fishing Day. Adult Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana waters on Free Fishing Day.

Organizers suggest parents and guardians bring snacks and water for their children.

Advance registration is required and begins May 1. Participants should register by calling (812) 346-5596, between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Registration ends at 3 p.m. on May 15.

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