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Learn to fish for free this summer at Whonnock Lake

Paige McCallum, 10, and her sister Meghan, 11, learn how to attach a hook to the end of a fishing rod from Emma Broadfoot, visitor centre coordinator for the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., during a Learn to Fish program being at Whonnock Lake Monday afternoon. - Colleen Flanagan/The News
Paige McCallum, 10, and her sister Meghan, 11, learn how to attach a hook to the end of a fishing rod from Emma Broadfoot, visitor centre coordinator for the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., during a Learn to Fish program being at Whonnock Lake Monday afternoon.
— image credit: Colleen Flanagan/The News

Kids can learn to fish this summer at Whonnock Lake, for free.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. will provide instruction, and gear – rods, reels, hooks and bait.

The non-profit organization is dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of B.C.’s freshwater fisheries resources and on Monday held an introduction to the Learn to Fish program at Whonnock Lake in Maple Ridge.

The program for families starts Thursday and continues on July 28 and Aug. 16.

No registration is required to take part, just drop by.

“So we’re hoping that lots of kids and families just show up so that we can make a case for offering this program on a more regular basis next spring and summer to the community of Maple Ridge,” said Tanya Laird, with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C.

The Learn to Fish program has been delivered to more then 60,000 youth and their parents since its inception in 2006 as an environmental education program, introducing kids ages 5-15 and their families to the sport of angling with an environmental conservation focus.

The first hour of the program is instruction, followed by hands-on fishing time for kids to get the chance to test out their new skills.

Programs run rain or shine. Equipment is provided.

Thanks to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation sponsorship, The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. is able to bring this program to various lakes across the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, and Southern Vancouver Island regions.

The family drop-in program run from 6-8 p.m. on July 21 and 28, and Aug. 16 at Whonnock Lake, off 267th Street.

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