Local children and parent/guardians are invited to Scottsdale Pond (meet along Redwood Blvd. south of Rowland Blvd.) on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon for FREE fishing instruction and environmental education.
The Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise and the City of Novato will once again co-sponsor the California Department of Fish & Game’s Fishing in the City Program.
Participants move in groups from station to station learning something new along the way. By the time all stations are completed, the participants have a rigged fishing rod, a small tackle box and a better understanding of their environmental surroundings. Participants get to fish, keep the tackle box, and enjoy a free hotdog lunch afterwards. Watch this video from last year's event.
Normal State fishing regulations apply at Scottsdale Pond. Anyone 16 years and older must have a California Fishing License. Pre-registration is advised to ensure a space; however, drop-ins are welcome if space is available. Last clinic begins at 10:30 AM.
“It is a family oriented outdoor program which brings families together at the pond to teach fishing techniques and to help educate kids about conservation of natural outdoor resources,” said Rotarian Cherie Ross. “Kids get to use fishing rods provided by the city and receive their very own tackle boxes complete with weights and hooks and instruction on how to use them.”
The pond will be stocked with hundreds of pounds of catfish and fishing equipment is provided free of charge to participants. The event is best geared toward fourth to eighth grade students but all are welcome.
“Worms are also provided,” Ross added. “Then, on to casting instruction so the hooks get out on the water where the fish are. It is a fun time for all with hot dogs and chips to top off the fishing experience.”
The Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise meets at Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant at 15 Rowland Way in Vintage Oaks Shopping Center at 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday. For more information visit the club’s web site: novatosunriserotary.org.