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Kids Fishing Day Is This Saturday

The 21st annual Kids Fishing Day will be Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Castle Rock Ponds. The Straits Area Sportsmen’s Club, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service organize the event. Admission is free and it is recommended children who have their own fishing poles and equipment to bring them if possible.

The day of fishing encourages families and youth to experience the sport together.

“We want children to have a chance to get more involved with outdoor activities,” Sportsmen’s Club President Gary Gorniak said. “We get children from age two to 17 and 18 out here.”

Kids Fishing Day is open to everyone. It ties in with Michigan’s annual free fishing weekend, meaning that a fishing license is not required to take part. Last year’s program had an attendance of 278 people, including 150 children.

Refreshments such as hot dogs and drinks will be available at the ponds. Children will be eligible to win door prizes for outdoor fun, including fishing poles and tackle boxes. There will also be door prizes for adults, including trail cameras and hunting blinds. Adults who bring children to the event will be given one ticket per child in attendance for the raffle.

The scenic Castle Rock Ponds are in the Hiawatha National Forest, off Castle Rock Road. The Fish and Wildlife Service is donating 1,000 brook trout that will be used to stock the ponds and increase the children’s chances of catching a fish. Last year, the pond was stocked with 1,500 brook trout and the children caught about 150 of them. The fish that are not caught during the event will remain in the pond for the public to catch afterward.

“It’s handy to have this event,” Mr. Gorniak said. “Without this, these brook trout would likely go someone else. This event brings this resource to our area.”

In addition to the fishing in the ponds, a large water tank will be placed on shore and filled with 100 rainbow trout. Children fishing in this tank instead will be able to watch fish swim right up and bite down on the bait at the end of their line. The St. Ignace Fire Department will fill up the tank. About 30 members of the Straits club will volunteer to help at Kids Fishing Day.

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