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Free family and kids' fishing clinics scheduled this summer

by Ed Godfrey Modified: July 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm •  Published: July 1, 2013
Hooked on Fishing for young people fishing at South Lakes fishing pond, SW 119 and Meridian. Starts at 8 a.m., ends about 10 a.m. For more info on Friday call 632-2240, this is a police athletic league function. Officer at scene on Saturday will be Sgt. Erik Joyner, 250-7921. Photo by M. Tim Blake, for The Oklahoman
Hooked on Fishing for young people fishing at South Lakes fishing pond, SW 119 and Meridian. Starts at 8 a.m., ends about 10 a.m. For more info on Friday call 632-2240, this is a police athletic league function. Officer at scene on Saturday will be Sgt. Erik Joyner, 250-7921. Photo by M. Tim Blake, for The Oklahoman

There are still many free fishing clinics for kids and families scheduled in Oklahoma City this summer.
Oklahoma City’s free youth fishing program for ages 5 to 15 continues on Saturday mornings in July and August.
On Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning July 9 through Aug. 1, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will hold a free family fishing clinic at the Arcadia Kid’s Pond on Arcadia Lake in Edmond.
At Oklahoma City’s fishing classes on Saturday mornings, participants learn knot tying, casting, fish identification, angler etiquette plus Oklahoma City fishing regulations. The kids get a chance to fish in the stocked ponds.
Volunteers from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department teach the classes.
The next class will be Saturday (July 6) at Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N. Bryant. Another class is scheduled at Edwards Lake on Aug. 3.
Other fishing clinics are scheduled July 13 at Metro Tech Springlake, NE 36 and Springlake Drive; July 20 at Crystal Lake, SW 15 at MacArthur; Aug. 10 at South Lakes Park west pond, SW 119 and Meridian; and Aug. 17 at Dolese Youth Park, NW 50 and Meridian.
Fishing gear is provided by the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League. State and city fishing licenses are not required for the classes.
Advance registration is required. Call 316-FISH or visit www.okcpal.org to register.
For more information, call the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery at 755-4014 or visit www.okc.gov/parks.
The Wildlife Department’s free family fishing clinics are held both in Edmond at the Arcadia Conservation Education Area Kids Pond and in Jenks at the Jenks Casting Pond. The clinics are every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning July 9.
No one needs a fishing license to attend the class and all fishing gear is provided. Unlike the Saturday morning classes which are for kids only, these clinics are designed for families.
Both kids and adults can participate and get the opportunity to fish after the class, which covers topics such as tackle selection, fish cleaning and cooking.
For more information or to register for the clinic, call Daniel Griffith, aquatic resources education coordinator for the Wildlife Department, at (405) 396-2223.


by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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