The Pictou County Rivers Association will soon celebrate the age-old pastime that many look forward to in spring and summer – fishing – by teaching youth how to enjoy it.
The 20th Annual Children’s Fisherama is coming to Trenton Park on May 19 – an event for children ages four to 15, teaching them the basics of fishing. At the free event, children will be taught how to catch trout in the ponds at the park. Those who participate will be allowed to keep up to five of the fish they catch.
“The annual Fisherama offers children an excellent opportunity to come out on a Saturday morning and fish for trout with a first-rate chance of catching a few,” said Alfred White Jr, president of the Pictou County Rivers Association and chairman of Fisherama.
White said the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture prepares for the event by stocking Trenton Park’s ponds with speckled trout the day before, “so participants have a good likelihood to catch a fish or two. Over the years, fishing with worms or night crawlers has proven to be the best bait for catching fish.”
Last year, Fisherama brought out 200 children, who braved the cold and blustery weather. White noted in a media release that the Pictou County Rivers Association is hoping the weather co-operates a little more this year.
Prizes will be awarded to those who catch the largest fish. Five of the fish will be tagged before the event. Those who catch tagged fish will be awarded a prize of $5.
The Pictou County Rivers Associating began in 1990, formed by a group of anglers interested in conservation. The association has focused over the past 28 years on conservation initiatives, protecting and restoring fish habitat in Nova Scotia, and general environmental stewardship.
If you go...
When: Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to noon
(Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Where: Trenton Park
For more information, contact Alfred White Jr. at 902-396-3410; Erik MacPherson at 902-396-7762 or Paul Gray at 902-396-1172. Also, visit www.pictoucountyrivers.com for information on the event and the Pictou County Rivers Association.