Families interested in learning how to fish are invited to Kids Fishing Day on May 18 at Crosley Fish & Wildlife Area near North Vernon.
The free event starts at 8 a.m. at Nighthawk Lake off State Road 7 on the eastern side of Crosley, which is located south of Vernon in Jennings County.
Indiana Department of Natural Resource employees plan to teach participants about fishing regulations, safety, knot-tying and safe fish handling. They also will answer questions about where to fish, what types of bait to use for certain species and more.
Fishing will end at noon. Afterward, DNR employees will recognize the anglers who caught the first fish, the biggest fish and the most fish.
The state will supply fishing poles and bait. Participants with their own poles are encouraged to bring them.
The event coincides with statewide Free Fishing Day. Adult Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana waters on Free Fishing Day.
Organizers suggest parents and guardians bring snacks and water for their children.
Advance registration, which is required, began Wednesday. Participants should register by calling 812-346-5596 between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Registration ends at 3 p.m. May 15.
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