- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
On Outdoors: Park District gets kids hooked on fishing
By Jim Hagerty
The Rockford Park District is making it possible for kids to discover fishing this summer with two new programs.
The Get Hooked fishing clinic is a four-week event taught by local pro Robert Leonard. Open to kids 8 to 14, instructional sessions will cover casting, knot-tying and baiting the hook. Leonard will also assist participants in catching panfish, bass and catfish.
The program begins Wednesday, June 30. Sessions run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants must provide their own hat, sunglasses, water bottle and fishing pole. Bait and tackle will be provided. Registration must be completed by June 25. The program is limited to 20 registrants. Cost is $30 for residents and $45 for non-residents.
Fish Fest 2010 is also new to the Rockford Park District schedule of summer events. Kids ages 5 to 14 will be taught hands-on fishing techniques to help them reel in fish within minutes. The Saturday, June 26, event is aimed at promoting family fishing memories and introducing kids to the sport. Pre-registered kids will be provided with a fishing pole. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Fish Fest 2010 is free and sponsored by Gander Mountain, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Rockfordfishing.com. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Both programs will be at the Ponds at Sportscore One, 1288 Elmwood Road, Rockford.
Interested youth can register at either Park District customer service locations or at rockfordfordparkdistrict.org.
Outdoors news and photos can be sent directly to Jim Hagerty at email@example.com. Glossies and hard-copy press kits can be mailed or delivered to The Rock River Times’ office at 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101. Jim can be reached at (815) 964-9767.
From the April 21-27, 2010 issue