Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying their hand at landing a fish? The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Take a Kid Fishing! program is designed for these budding young anglers, and the first date on the program’s calendar is coming right up.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, youth ages 6 through 15 are invited to come out with a parent/guardian and cast a line in Cattail Pond at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark. (Directions)

Sponsored by DNREC’s Aquatic Resource Education Center and Delaware State Parks, Take a Kid Fishing! teaches young people fundamental fishing skills and conservation. Along with the angling, these free-admission* days also feature activity stations and prizes. Fishing equipment will be provided, but participants may want to pack a picnic lunch.

Additional Take a Kid Fishing! days are scheduled for the following upcoming Saturdays:

  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 5 – Lums Pond State Park*, Bear
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 12 – Killens Pond State Park*, Felton
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 2 – Aquatic Resource Education Center in Smyrna,
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 16 – Father’s Day Fishing at Wilmington State Parks (Brandywine Park)*,

Participation in the program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register for March 24 or any of the upcoming Take a Kid Fishing! dates, or for more information  about the program, please call Tess Belcher at 302-735-8656 or email

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