BW Anglers hold an annual training day for children

School-aged children will learn the ins and outs of fishing and water safety at the annual Bluewater Anglers Kids Education Day on Saturday.

Coordinator John Klazinga says more than 100 children, ages 6 to 12, will participate.

“We teach them how to cast a fishing line and then we teach them how to tie a simple fishing knot,” Klazinga said. “From there, they can catch a fish in a pond. If you can imagine a six-year-old girl catching a 10-12 pound fish from a pond, she’s as excited as can be.

Representatives from the OPP Marine Division, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Ministry of Natural Resources will be on hand.

Klazinga said Friends of the St. Clair River will present the Bluewater Anglers with a check for $5,000 that will go towards their popular school hatchery program.

“We have about 12 schools where we put an aquarium in each school,” he said. “Each school receives 30 salmon eggs. Kids can watch the eggs hatch, they feed them, then when it comes time to release them back into the wild, they do so when we release our fish from the hatchery.

The free event takes place at Point Edward Hatchery, under the Blue Water Bridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration is required by contacting Jo-Anne at 519-383-0873.

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