It’s never too late to take the bait

An enjoyable day was had by all who attended the free Learn to Fish event held on Sunday, Aug.6 near the Barry’s Bay public dock on Lake Kamaniskeg. Luke and Scott, instructors from Ontario’s Fish and Wildlife, engaged their enthusiastic audience of new and seasoned anglers, young and old, with the basics of fishing. The two covered topics such as regulations, parts of the fish, how to respect the fish when it’s caught, casting and baiting. Above: Afternoon participants fishing off the public dock, Lake Kamaniskeg. Photo Wendy Wolak

All necessary equipment for fishing and personal safety was provided including souvenirs from crafting your own fishing lure and complimentary sunglasses.

Opportunity was given to practice handling a fishing rod and casting their line towards a target before the actual fishing experience began.

Above: Young anglers line up to practice casting. Photo Wendy Wolak

My grandfather never taught me how to fish but I want to be a grandfather who teaches my grandchildren, and now I can.” – Excited participant

Stella Harbin-Wolak casting off the end of the public dock during the afternoon session. Photo Wendy Wolak.

The hands-on fishing portion of the session did not disappoint as most caught fish even during the heat of the afternoon. But the catch of the day was by a young angler catching 12 fish during the morning session! All fish caught were released back into the water. Luke and Scott along with volunteers from CTLG were hopping, keeping everyone’s line baited or providing assistance to unhook the fish.

Scott (left) and Luke from Ontario’s Fish and Wildlife. Photo Wendy Wolak

This was the best day of the summer so far!”– Luke and Scott, instructors from Ontario Fish and Wildlife

The event was made possible by the Carson Trout Lepine & Greenan Lakes Association (CTLG) in partnership with Kamaniskeg Area Property Owners Association (KAPOA) along with a generous door prize donation courtesy Mad Outdoors.

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