Introduce a child or a friend to fishing and you will reap the rewards for years to come. Research shows that most people are introduced to fishing by a family member, and most consider a family member to be their best fishing friend.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages adults to introduce their child to fishing at one of the many statewide kids fishing events scheduled this spring and summer. Not an experienced angler? No problem. These events have plenty of on-site volunteers providing assistance.
“Kids fishing events are popular community activities that introduce youth and their families to the joys of fishing, and promote a better understanding of the natural environment,” says John Biagi, Wildlife Resources Division chief of Fisheries Management. “These events provide an opportunity for youth to fish, often for the first time, with assistance from volunteers and in places where they are likely to catch fish, helping reinforce the positive experience.”
Kids fishing events are sponsored across the state and provide fishing lessons to both children (under age 16) and parents from knowledgeable instructors. The Wildlife Resources Division co-sponsors most events by providing channel catfish and trout to improve fishing, educational materials for participants and guidance for sponsors.
How do you find more information or local events? Visit www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/kids-fishing. Here you will find tips on fishing with kids, recommended places to go fish with children, a “kid’s first fish certificate,” and a link to a calendar where you can find local events.
For more information on fishing in Georgia, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com .
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