The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is hoping to introduce kids in the East Kootenay to fishing.
The society will be hosting several events through their Learn to Fish program for kids 5 to 15 years old.
Communications Coordinator Hayley Atkins says the two hour program has been going since 2006.
“We’ll go through three different fish that you will find in that area, then we’ll talk about how to handle a fish when you catch it,” Atkins says. “Then we’ll go through how to set up your rod and reel, including knot tying. Then they’ll practice casting and the last hour is actually fishing at the lake where the program is at.”
Atkins says the program teaches families some fishing basics.
“It first and foremost gets kids outside, gets them off the screens and the computers,” Atkins says. “It allows them to feel more connected to the environment that they live in and in the future, they’ll get more into other outdoor sports and be more aware of the environment that they are in.”
Events are being held over the next two weeks at Wasa Lake, Whiteswan, Windermere, Canal Flats, Moyie and Premier Lake.
There’s also a Rod Loan program, allowing families to borrow needed fishing equipment up to a week at a time.
A full list of local events can be found below:
Learn to Fish Program Locations
• August 1, 8, 15, 22, Wasa Lake Provincial Park, 10:30am – 12:30pm
• August 1, Whiteswan Lake, Home Basin Campground, 3pm – 5pm
• August 4, Windermere Lake, James-Chabot Provincial Park, 3pm – 5pm
• August 5, Canal Flats, The Flats RV Park, 11am – 1pm
• August 6, 13, 20, Moyie Lake Provincial Park, Cranbrook, 10:30am – 12:30pm
• August 7, 14, 21, Surveyors Lake, Kikomun Creek Provincial Park, 10:30am – 12:30pm
• August 15, Premier Lake Provincial Park, Skookumchuck, 3pm – 5pm
Rod Loan Program Locations
• August 5 & 19, Jimsmith Lake Provincial Park, Cranbrook, 10:30am – 1:30pm
• August 9 & 30, Surveyors Lake, Kikomun Creek Provincial Park, 10:30am – 1:30pm
• August 12, Idlewild Lake, Cranbrook, 10:30am – 1:30pm
– Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Communications Coordinator, Hayley Atkins