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Kids Learn How to Fish and More…April 26

The pond is stocked with catfish
The pond is stocked with catfish

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.

To sign up, call the Parks, Recreation & Community Services office at 899-8279 or 899-8290, or register online (use following barcodes):

Time         Barcode

8-8:30AM     17950

8:30-9AM     17951

9-9:30AM     17952

9:30-10AM   17953

10-10:30AM 17954

10:30-11AM 17955

 

“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.

Maggie April 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM
I hope that responsible removal of fishing line and hooks is also a big part of this event. As a WildCare volunteer, I have seen many birds and other animals harmed by discarded fishing line and hooks.
DMC April 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you will not have to listen to his incessant whining about how hungry he is.”—Author unknown “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you can sell him fishing equipment.”—Author unknown “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to use the Net and he won't bother you for weeks.”—Author unknown “Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Unless he doesn't like sushi—then you also have to teach him to cook.”—Auren Hoffman, Herald Philosopher “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish, and he will sit in the boat and drink beer all day.”—OldFox “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to sell fish and he eats steak.”—Author unknown

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