Written by Sarah Ambuehl, volunteer
Around 75 kids and their families came together on July 23rd for the River Arts Fishing Clinic at Memorial Park in Moorhead. The event’s success was due to the
various project partners; Moorhead Parks and Recreation, and the FM Walleyes. We were also fortunate for the 15 dedicated volunteers who led activities, a first aid station, and helped kids fish.
Over the duration of the event kids visited eight different stations, each providing them with a fun hands on experience and knowledge. The stations included information ranging from what river pollution looks like (pictured) to learning how to cast, to knot tie, to identify fish, to water safety. Through these stations these kids, who often had never fished before, have a better idea of all that has to do with fishing near the Red River. After the kids visited all eight stations, they went to River Keepers staff and told them what they learned to receive a mini tackle box as a prize before heading to the highlight of the evening, actually fishing in the river. It was a rewarding moment when some of the kids could not choose just one thing that they learned.
With the help of the FM Walleyes the ambitious learners headed to the river to put their skills to the test. One lucky fisherman caught on to a 14-pound, 28-inch catfish! That one was a little tough to reel in.
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