Casting a line

It may have been the first Saturday in May, but those attending the annual kids’ fishing clinic at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Saturday were dressed as it if was still winter.

 

James Kohl, 8, Princeton, tries spin casting in Cenaiko Lake during the kids’ fishing clinic at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Saturday.
James Kohl, 8, Princeton, tries spin casting in Cenaiko Lake during the kids’ fishing clinic at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Saturday.

The temperature for the morning event hovered in the mid-30s and there was a cool wind, which made conditions raw. At least it didn’t rain – or snow.

The kids’ fishing clinic was free to children ages five and up. They learned about lure selection, casting, boat and water safety, knot tying, identifying fish and fishing ethics.

Children also received a kit of fishing equipment and accessories and all participants, both kids and parents, were given a hot dog, chips and pop lunch.

Donations and sponsorships for the 2013 kids’ fishing clinic came from Cenaiko Productions, Culver’s of Coon Rapids, Rapid Sports Marine, Coon Rapids Lions Club, Coon Rapids Kiwanis Club, Coon Rapids VFW, Old Dutch, Sysco Foods, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chanticlear Pizza, Connexus Energy, Sports Authority, Northland Tackle, Eco-Jig Fishing Tackle, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

James Kohl, 8, Princeton, tries spin casting in Cenaiko Lake during the kids’ fishing clinic at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Saturday. Jacob Henson, 5, gets some help spin casting from his mother, Jessica Henson. They came all the way from Becker for the kids’ fishing clinic at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Saturday. John Michaelis (right), Coon Rapids Kiwanis Club member, teaches knot tying to, from to left to right seated at the table, brothers Ethan, 6, Nick, 10, and Josh, 8, Genser, who were with their father, John Genser (left). John Levitt (left), fisheries specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fishing in the Neighborhood Program, identifies fish swimming in a large tank to Grant Bower, 6, and Gavin Bower, 9 (second right), who are with their mother Janice Bower, Coon Rapids. A member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary talked about environmentally friendly fishing at the kids fishing clinic at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Saturday. Listening were, left to right, Aleyah Montgomery, 6, Tristen Ogborn, 5, and Emma Mosman, 4, all of Coon Rapids.
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John Levitt (left), fisheries specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fishing in the Neighborhood Program, identifies fish swimming in a large tank to Grant Bower, 6, and Gavin Bower, 9 (second right), who are with their mother Janice Bower, Coon Rapids.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]