Letha Grimes, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on July 18, 2012 | Permalink
Backyard Fishing Event – Warfield’s Pond Park
Location: Warfield’s Pond Park
MD DNR Fisheries Service partnered with Howard County Recreation and Parks to host a Backyard Fishing Event at Warfield’s Pond Park. To “Catch a Fish” is one of the rights covered by the Maryland’s Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights which was issued by Governor Martin O’Malley in 2009, and this program was inspired by that bill.
A total of 20 young anglers, many first timers, attended this clinic to learn the basics of fishing. We started the evening with casting practice, then onto fish identification. Once they learned about the fish they will be catching, Howard County staff taught proper rod rigging and assisted with baiting of the hooks. Most of them gathered on the pier to hopefully catch a bluegill or one of the stocked hybrid sunfish (Courtesy of DNR - Albert Powell Hatchery) while others tried deeper water in hopes of catching a largemouth bass. I believe just about all the kids caught at least one fish during the evening.
Twins, Andre and Fernando hooked into fish at the same time, while Jovani was happy to catch his first fish. Check out these other excited youngsters who were catching lots of sunfish!