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The Suburbanite
  • Families brave spring chill, go fishing

  • Despite a chilly spring morning, many children and their families attended Hooked on Fishing at the Jackson North Park pond on May 3.
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  • Despite a chilly spring morning, many children and their families attended Hooked on Fishing at the Jackson North Park pond on May 3.
    Children and parents  were bundled in layers and gloves. In total, 150 children were registered for the event.
    The cold temperature did not stop the fish from biting. Fish after fish was pulled out of the water.
    The pond was specially stocked with fish for this event. The young fishers had the chance to reel in bass, blue gill, crappie, trout, catfish and perch.
    Several contests were held where participants could win various prizes, including two bicycles. Contests included a casting contest, a biggest fish contest, and the first person to catch each kind of fish. A boy and girl were able to win each contest.
    Prizes were donated by Gander Mountain, Fin Feather Fur Outfitters, Berkley Fishing Team of Ohio, Kames Sports and the Massillon Wal-Mart.
    Children were also able to learn about water conservation. Each child was given an information bag filled with fishing supplies and activity pages to teach them the water cycle and how water conservation affects fishing.
    “It talks about trash around the water and keeping drains clean around your neighborhood because everything goes to someplace that has fish and wildlife,” said park and operations director David Ruwadi.
    Hooked on Fishing did not take place last year due to a funding cut.
    “This year we have a park levy, so now we have the funding to continue the program for the next five years,” Ruwadi said.
    With the return of the event, children were able to continue learning and enhancing their fishing skills to become hooked on fishing.