Urban Fishing Program survives budget knives

Springfield – Despite budget concerns that could have sunk one
of its more popular programs,_DNR will again be offering its Urban
Fishing Program.

Included are free fishing clinics at more than 30 locations
throughout the state.

“Each summer our urban fishing clinics give thousands of
children a chance to experience the fun of fishing,” DNR Director
Marc Miller said while announcing the program. “The clinic
instructors provide basic instruction on how to fish, and with
those lessons we expect a lot of kids will become hooked on
fishing.”

The clinics are targeted toward children ages 16 and younger,
but anyone interested in learning basic fishing techniques are
welcome to attend.

“Parents and grandparents are urged to come along and attend any
of our programs with their children,” said DNR Central Illinois
Urban Fishing Program Coordinator Herb Dreier.

Fishing clinic instructors present information on fish and other
aquatic life, rules and regulations for fishing, as well as basic
instruction on baiting a hook, tying a knot, casting, important
tactics on how to catch fish and how to handle and return fish to
the water.

As part of each clinic, participants are provided with rods,
reels, bait and tackle for 90 minutes of catch-and-release
fishing.

Urban Fishing clinics are presented on weekdays during the late
spring and summer months at 38 locations throughout the state. In
addition to the scheduled clinics, fishing clinics can also be
arranged for scouts, seniors, civic clubs and groups with special
needs.

The schedule of 2010 Urban Fishing clinic dates, locations and
contact information is:

Chicago Area, June 23-Aug. 20

Chicago Park District Lagoons – Columbus, Gompers,
Humboldt/-Douglas, Jackson, Marquette, McKinley, Sherman,
Washington; Contact Chicago Fishing Coordinator Brenda McKinney,
(847) 294-4137

Northern Illinois, June 17-Aug. 11

Glen Oak Park Lagoon, Peoria; Peoria Park District (309)
681-2865; Levings Lake, Rockford (815) 625-2968; Big Pond, Boone
County Conservation District, Belvidere (815) 624-2968; Mill Race
Ponds, Belvidere (815) 625-2968

Central Illinois, June 7_-Aug. 6

Miller Park, Bloomington (309) 434-2260; Crystal Lake Park,
Urbana, June 14-Aug. 6 only, (217) 367-1544; Fairview Park, Decatur
(217) 422-5911; Washington Park, Springfield (217) 753-6224

Southern Illinois, June 7-Aug. 6

Veterans Park Lake, Mount Vernon, June 7-July 2 only, (618)
242-6890; Foundation Park Pond, Centralia (July 6-Aug. 6 only,
(618) 532-4311; SIU Campus Lake, Carbondale (618) 453-6088; Jones
Lake at Kenneth Hall Park, East St. Louis (618) 874-3600; Gordon
Moore Park Lake, Alton (618) 462-1181.

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