Young Wisconsin anglers can receive free instruction at 28th Annual Kids’ Fishing Clinics

MILWAUKEE – Kids 15 years and younger can mark the arrival of spring by attending free fishing clinics on Saturday, April 14, at several lagoons and ponds in Milwaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties. Clinics will be held every hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. with the last clinic starting at 2:00 p.m.

"These clinics give kids a chance to learn about fishing, especially those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to find out what fishing is all about," said Matt Coffaro, Statewide Urban Fisheries Biologist. “And it’s just a great opportunity for kids to get outside away from the electronics, get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer.”

Members of local fishing clubs organize the clinics, and instruction includes fishing techniques, equipment use, knot tying, safety rules and fish identification.

"Sport fishing groups are the heart and muscle of this program,” Coffaro noted. "They do an outstanding job of teaching kids the basics of fishing and that fishing is fun. None of this works without the dedication of the volunteers."

The Department of Natural Resources and the Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery will stock fish in the urban waters before the kids’ clinics are held. Fishing equipment is provided, but bring your own rod and reel if possible.

Adult anglers are reminded that from March 10 through April 27, urban fishing waters are restricted to fishing by juveniles 15- years-old and younger and certain disabled anglers. Urban fishing waters are small lakes and ponds under 25 acres that are intensively and cooperatively managed with a municipality. The 2012 – 2013 fishing regulations list urban waters with these special regulations. The rule is designed to give young anglers and persons with disabilities an opportunity to fish close to home before competition from adults limits their chances to catch fish.

Locations for the April 14 kids’ fishing clinics are:

Milwaukee County
• Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Rd. (Hosted by Okauchee Fishing Club)
• Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124 St. (Hosted by Great Lakes Sport Fishermen; Milwaukee Casting Club)
• Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave. (Hosted by Lunkers Unlimited)
• McCarty Park, 8214 W. Cleveland Ave. (wheelchair accessible) (Hosted by Southside Sportsmen’s Club; Sunnyside Rod & Gun Club)
• McGovern Park, 5400 N. 51 Blvd. (wheelchair accessible) (Hosted by Badger Fisherman’s League)
• Mitchell Park, 2200 W. Pierce St. (Hosted by Bay View Rod & Gun Club)
• Oak Creek Parkway, E. Hawthorne Ave between 6th and 10th Ave.(Hosted by Friends of the Oak Creek Millpond)
• Scout Lake Park, 5902 W. Loomis Rd. ( wheelchair accessible) (Hosted by Walleyes Unlimited, USA)
• Sheridan Park, 4800 S. Lake Dr. (Hosted by South Milwaukee 1400 Fishing & Hunting Club)
• Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St. (Hosted by E.B. Garner’s Fishing Club)
• Wilson Park, 1601 W. Howard Ave. (Hosted by Wisconsin Fishing Club)

Racine County
• Quarry Lake Park, 3800 Northwestern Ave ( Hosted by Salmon Unlimited)

Washington County
• Sandy Knoll Park, 2064 Wallace Lake Rd., West Bend (Hosted by Trout Unlimited Southeast Chapter; West Bend Kiwanis Early Risers)

Waukesha County
• Menomonee Park/Lannon Quarry, Town Line Rd. one-half mile north of Good Hope Rd., Menomonee Falls (Hosted by Wisconsin House Outdoorsmen)
• Fox Brook Park, 2925 N. Barker Rd. (Hosted by Wern Valley Sportsmen’s Club)
• Muskego Park, S83 W20370 Janesville Rd. Muskego (Hosted by Women’s Hunting and Sporting Association)

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