MOUNT VERNON — More than 75 kids, aged 7 to 17, gathered at Wolf Run Regional Park for the “Passport to Fishing,” sponsored by the Kokosing Valley Junior Anglers and the Knox County Park District.
The kids, some of whom already have angling experience and some just starting out, spent the morning going from station to station, where instructors gave them lessons in casting, knot tying and rigging, fish handling, fishing regulations, habitat, safe boating, general water safety and some of the fish and other animals to be found in the Kokosing River.
At the end of the day, each participant was given a free Zebco fishing rod and reel.
The kids obviously enjoyed themselves, especially the stations with “hands-on” activities, such as casting, knot tying and examining the Kokosing River life collected by Park District Intern Cody Wright and Donna Kontul from the Ohio Division of Wildlife. They especially enjoyed the crayfish, although they were wary of the claws, and were amazed by the color patterns on some of the fish, such as the banded darter.