Youngsters ages 5 to 15 from across Oklahoma City will have a chance to catch and release fish in a series of fishing clinics that start Saturday.
This year more volunteer instructors and fishing poles stand ready for children than any year since the program began in 2007, said Sgt. Tomas Daugherty, Oklahoma City Police Athletic League outreach coordinator. The league and the city parks department teamed up to organize the clinics.
More than 8,000 fliers have been distributed to promote the 2012 fishing clinics. About 300 youths took part in the program last year.
Young fishing enthusiasts will have a chance to learn how to bait a hook, cast a line and land a fish, Daugherty said.
The parks department coordinated volunteers to help at the clinics, spokeswoman Jennifer McClintock said. The state Department of Wildlife Conservation also is helping.
One instructor is expected for every four children there, Daugherty said. The first clinic starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Edwards Park Lake at NE 10 and Interstate 35.