Kids Learn to Fish Day expecting big crowds

The 8th Annual Kids Learn to Fish Day is on its way Saturday, May 3 at Chemainus Lake Park, courtesy of the Cowichan Fly Fishers Association of Duncan and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

"The last two years we have had over two hundred children, between the ages of three and sixteen, and their families attend the event," said organizers in a press release. "Sometimes it is hard to tell who enjoys the day more; the children or the volunteers seeing the children learn about sport fishing and the environment, all while having fun."

The entire event is free for the kids. There are a number of fun and educational booths and activities for the kids to go through and participate in, culminating in the chance to catch and release or keep a trout raised at the trout hatchery in Duncan. The kids are also given a free lunch and a participation prize.

Most of the booths are outlined in the Learn to Fish Guide that is viewable on the Freshwater Fisheries website. They include some basic knot tying, rod and reel, tackle box, fish identification and more. The Fly Fishers have added a fly tying station to show the kids some fly tying and lots of flies. This year there is also going to be an aquarium with fingerlings in it for the kids to see.