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April 10, 2012 > Grab a line and a pole

Grab a line and a pole

By Julie Grabowski

Scottish author and politician John Buchan said, "The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope." While thoughts on the sport of fishing run the gamut from dismissive to the divine, the City of Newark invites kids of all ages to have their own experience at the free Youth Fishing Clinic on Saturday, April 14. The clinic will teach kids how to tie knots for hooks and lures, how to bait the hook and cast the line, as well as how to handle the fish they catch.

The event is coordinated by the City of Newark's Recreation Department and Maintenance Department in conjunction with the California Department of Fish and Game. Their Fishing in the City program began in 1999, and Newark offers two clinics each year - one in spring, and one in the fall. The lake is stocked with plants of farm raised trout or catfish through the Department of Fish and Game, or thanks to generous local donations. A $2,000 donation from WalMart two years ago enabled the city to order their own fish for stocking. The event also receives volunteer support from the Tri Cities Anglers Association and Cargill Salt.

On Saturday, the cove at Edgewater and Severn Drive will be netted off and specially stocked with around 500 pounds of trout. All that is needed are kids eager to learn how to catch fish.

"The Newark Lake is a valuable local resource for recreational activities," says City of Newark Recreation Coordinator Bryan Cobb. "The walk path is used for exercise and the lake is an excellent place for picnics and fishing outings. Hopefully, our youth fishing clinic will bring people to see how the Fishing in the Cities program can afford folks the opportunity to go fishing locally and more often."

The clinics average from 50 to 150 people who come out in all kinds of weather. No registration is required; attendees should dress for cool morning weather, and bring water and snacks. Adults are asked to bring along fishing equipment including bait and tackle if they have it, as there are a limited number of fishing poles to loan (around 30) and bait has been known to run out. Some sort of container should also be brought in order to transport fish home.

The program is for kids, so adults are asked not to fish until the clinic ends at noon. Those planning to fish must observe California fishing laws and will need a fishing license, which can be purchased at WalMart for $44.85, or at other retailers that sell bait and tackle.

"Without the Department of Fish and Game and the Tri Cities Anglers this program may not exist," says Cobb. Their donations, volunteer time, and expertise in helping kids learn the joys of fishing are instrumental in creating a great and memorable experience.

For more information, contact the City of Newark's Recreation Department at (510) 578-4668.

Youth Fishing Clinic
Saturday, April 14
8 a.m. to noon
Lakeshore Park
At Edgewater Drive and Severn Drive
(510) 578-4668

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