OKLAHOMA CITY – Anglers ages 5 to 15 looking to reel in some fun this summer can register for one of nine free“Hooked on Fishing” youth fishing classes offered through the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department.
Classes are held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on the following dates and locations:
June 7, July 12
South Lakes Fishing Pond (East)
SW 119th and Meridian
June 14, July 19
Metro Tech Springlake, NE 36th at Springlake Drive
June 21, July 26, August 23
Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N. Bryant
Dolese Youth Park Pond, NW 50th and Meridia
Crystal Lake, 6625 SW 15th Street
Participants learn everything from knot tying and casting to fish identification, angler ethics and regulations. The City’s fisheries biologist and volunteer instructors from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Aquatic Resources Education Program teach the classes.
Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided during each class, and State fishing licenses or City fishing permits are not required during class time.
To fish on Oklahoma City waters outside of class, anglers between the ages of 16 and 62 who are not exempt for disability must possess both a State fishing license and City fishing permit. Permits cost $3.50 for a 24-hour permit, or $18.50 for an annual permit.
The summer youth classes are by reservation only, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees are encouraged to show up 15 minutes prior to the class start and bring something to drink plus sun protection.