Oklahoma Offering Family Fishing Clinics


Oklahomans can learn to fish this summer at a number of free family fishing clinics held by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in Oklahoma City and Jenks.

Through the Wildlife Department's Aquatic Resources Education Program (AREP), kids and adults can take just a few hours to attend a fishing clinic, and come out with a knowledge of such topics as fish identification, knot-tying, fish cleaning and cooking, fishing tackle selection, equipment use, water safety, outdoor ethics and more. Most clinics, including those held at the Wildlife Department's Arcadia Conservation Education Area in Edmond and at the Zebco Casting Pond in Jenks, include hands-on fishing opportunities at stocked ponds.

The AREP program is designed to help people get a start in the sport of fishing so they can take advantage of the many fishing opportunities available to them throughout the state.

According to Damon Springer, aquatic resource education coordinator for the Wildlife Department, the free clinics benefit families trying to learn about the sport as well as those looking for easy and affordable opportunities to spend time with family.

Most clinics will be held at the Wildlife Department's Arcadia Conservation Education Area in Edmond or the Zebco Casting Pond in Jenks. Others will be held at local ponds in Oklahoma City. A full listing of AREP clinics can be viewed on the Wildlife Department's website at wildlifedepartment.com. Pre-registration is required to attend an AREP class and can be done by calling the contact number listed with each clinic.

The Aquatic Resources Education Program is the Department's means to promote the sport of fishing and aquatic resource awareness as well as a way to give youth, regardless of family situation, an opportunity to learn how to fish and to gain an understanding of Oklahoma's aquatic environments.

Developed in 1988, the program's objectives are to increase the understanding, appreciation, and awareness of Oklahoma's aquatic resources; facilitate the learning of angling skills, outdoor ethics, and sport fishing opportunities in the state; enhance urban fishing opportunities; develop adult fishing clinics and provide information on specialized fishing techniques.

For more information about the Aquatic Resources Education Program, log on to www.wildlifedepartment.com.

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