EDMOND — Families have an opportunity to learn and go fishing for free at a pond near Arcadia Lake through July.
Fishing clinics are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday this month. The family clinics are hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation as part of its Aquatic Resource Education Program.
“The clinics are a great, free way to get a youngster interested in and educated in the sport of fishing,” said Micah Holmes, information supervisor with the Wildlife Department.
Hands-on fishing is part of the clinic held at the Wildlife Department's Arcadia Conservation Education Area Kids Pond.
The education program teaches children and adults about fish identification, knot-tying, fish cleaning and cooking, fishing tackle selection, equipment use, water safety and outdoor ethics.
“We'll teach you everything you need to know to get off to the right start so you can start fishing all over Oklahoma,” Holmes said. “All equipment and assistance is provided, and no fishing license is required for the clinics.”
When the program was developed in 1988, the objectives were to increase the understanding, appreciation and awareness of the state's aquatic resources and to facilitate the learning of angling skills, outdoor ethics and sport fishing opportunities in the state.
Organizers also wanted to enhance urban fishing opportunities and develop adult fishing clinics or seminars.
To register, call 521-3855. For more information, go to www.wildlifedepartment.com.