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From the newsroom: Free Spring Fishing Clinics for Kids at 11 park lagoons April 14

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By Thomas J. McKillen

Members of local fishing clubs will teach children the basics of fishing at the 34th Annual Spring Fishing Clinics for Kids, April 14, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., at 11 Milwaukee County Parks.

Clinics are presented by the Milwaukee County Parks, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Organizations, and the Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery.

Children age 15 and under are invited to the hands-on clinics featuring knot tying, safe use of fishing equipment (including casting), and instruction on proper fishing techniques. Clinics also include fish identification, regulations, and ethics. Six locations will offer cleaning and cooking demonstrations.

Parks hosting expanded clinics, with cleaning and cooking demonstrations, are Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Road; Dineen Park, 6901 W. Vienna St.; Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124th St.; Kosciuszko Park, 2201 S. 7th St.; Mitchell Park, 2200 W. Pierce St.; and Scout Lake Park, 5902 W. Loomis Road (wheelchair accessible)

Parks offering basic clinics are Grant–Oak Creek, Mill Pond on Oak Creek Parkway; McCarty Park, 2567 S. 79th St.; McGovern Park, 5400 N. 51st St; Sheridan Park, 4800 S. Lake Drive; and Washington Park, 1859 N. 40 St.

Because a limited number of rods and reels will be available for children to use during the clinics, families are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

The indoor instructional component of the program will go on no matter what the weather; the outdoor component is weather-dependent. Clinics will run continuously throughout the day, with the last sessions starting at 2 p.m.

Pre-registration is not required for families, but groups of 20 or more are asked to call the Wisconsin DNR at (414) 382-7923.

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