DNR is having a free fishin weekend June 9th & 10th

Discussion in 'Indiana Outdoor News' started by alhersch, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. This is straight from their website

    Starting a new hobby can be intimidating to adults and children alike, but when mom, dad or another trusted grown-up lends assurance and instruction it's a much more positive experience. By demonstrating that an activity, such as fishing, is both fun and safe, children are more inclined to learn a new skill. To help encourage this, DNR is offering a Free Fishing Weekend, June 9-10. On these two days, Indiana residents, 17 and older, who otherwise would need a valid license to fish public waters, can venture out to those rivers and lakes for free. Children younger than 17 are not required to have a fishing license at any time during the regular fishing season.
    DNR is also sponsoring statewide events for Hoosier families. Free Fishing Weekend activities include kids' clinics, fishing derbies, plus fish-cleaning and cooking classes. No matter where you are in the state, there's an event near you.
    Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area, near Edinburgh, will host its 14th annual Kids Fishing Derby, June 9. The festivities at Atterbury's Stone Arch Lake include a free morning fishing derby, fly-tying and casting demonstrations. Fishing-tackle prizes will be awarded in a fishing contest for kids between two and 16 years old.
    Children going to Atterbury who have rods and tackle should bring their own equipment. A limited amount of loaner equipment will be available. Bait and snacks will be provided at no cost to participants. Fishing will be from the bank. An adult should accompany all children. For more information, call (812) 526-2051.
    Williams Dam State Fishing Area in Williams, nine miles south of Bedford, also has a kids fishing derby June 9. Williams' derby is for children ages two through 12, and features kids casting contests and fish-identification programs. Fishing-tackle prizes will be awarded to contest winners. Again, those who have their own rods and tackle should bring them. A limited amount of equipment will be on hand to borrow. Lunch is provided. The event is limited to the first 50 children to register by calling (812) 388-5562.
    Here are just a few of the other places that will have events similar to those at Atterbury and Williams. Remember, some require advance registration, so call before loading up the car.
    Brown County State Park, Nashville, (812) 988-5240; Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber SRA), Cloverdale, (765) 795-3552; Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA), Rockville, (765) 344-1412; Cedar Lake, Lake County, (219) 374-6157; Chain O' Lakes State Park, Albion, (260) 636-2654; Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, (317) 327-7110; Falls of the Ohio State Park, Clarksville, (812) 280-9970; Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis, (317)-591-0904; and Hardy Lake, Scottsburg, (812) 794-3800.
    Also Hot Pond Park, Lebanon, (765) 482-8860; J. Edward Roush Lake, Huntington, (260) 468-2127; Mississinewa Lake, Peru, (260) 468-2127; Monroe Lake, Bloomington, (812) 837-9546; O'Bannon Woods State Park, Corydon, (812) 738-8234; Oxbow County Park, Goshen, (574) 535-6458; Patoka Lake, Birdseye, (812) 685-2447; Salamonie Lake, Andrews, (260) 468-2127; Shakamak State Park, Jasonville, (812) 665-2158; Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, Vallonia, (812) 358-3464; Summit Lake State Park, New Castle, (765) 766-5873; Versailles State Park, Versailles, (812) 689-6424; and Whitewater Memorial State Park, Liberty, (765) 458-5565.
    Physical challenges needn't hold back child or adult. Individuals who need reasonable modifications to participate at DNR properties should contact the property at least 72 hours before the event or call the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife ADA coordinator, (317) 232-4080 (voice and TDD).
    So hook up with your children this weekend. You may discover a bonding activity that brings a lifetime of enjoyment, and even add some tasty main dishes to your menu.
    Soon your car may sport one of those bumper stickers that says "I'd rather be fishing."
    Suggestions To Add To Your Child's Enjoyment
    Kids are long on excitement and short on patience, so to keep their attention it's important to catch fish often, not just fish for them.
    Although fishing can be a highly technical hobby, keep the equipment simple when starting. The less time you spend battling complicated equipment, the more time kids will have to fight fish on the line. A light line, small hooks and small floats are a winning combination.
    Kids can tire quickly and they may want to give up while waiting for that picky lunker bass to bite - but try encouraging them not to quit. Remember, the size of the fish is not as important as the frequency of the catch. Most would rather pull in 25 minnow-sized bluegills than wait for one trophy catch.
    Combining activities also helps hook kids on angling. Try making your own fishing rods from willow branches and a length of fishing line. Search for your own bait under rocks or in the weeds around lakes and streams. Make catching fish a learning experience. You can find more tips at: http://in.gov/dnr/fishwild/fish/fishing/bobber.htm.

    Here is the link if you would like to check it out:
  2. These fishing derbies are a blast. We used to take our children to the event at Starve Hollow when they were young. We enjoyed watching as much as the kids enjoyed fishing.

    If you have young children this is a fantastic opportunity for some outdoors together time.

  3. VERY COOL!:coolgleam