Fishing mentorship offered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Fishing mentorship offered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Students and young adults can benefit from free instruction and equipment

Photo by Tristan Bapst

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites students and adults ages 18 and older to free supervised fishing training and practice sessions in August. The program will include four sessions at various locations in Anne Arundel and Prince George counties, culminating with a fishing tournament on August 13.

Participants will learn about regulations and permits, fish identification, tackle box components, casting, knotting and general fishing techniques. All participants will receive and keep a fishing rod and reel.

The department seeks to encourage more Marylanders to participate in the exciting sport of fishing, which is both an enjoyable hobby and an important part of conservation efforts. In addition to becoming a confident angler, participants may have the opportunity to become mentors for future sessions.

The tentative dates and locations are: August 2 to Sandy Point State ParkAugust 5 at Calm Waters ParkAnnapolis, August 9 at Allen Pond Park, Bowie; and the last fishing tournament on August 13 at school pond, Upper Marlboro. Prizes will be awarded to the three best participants in the tournament.

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis and limited to 20 participants. Anyone interested can Register online, and selected entrants will receive an email notification. Anyone who registers, but is not selected, will be automatically registered for future sessions.

A Maryland Fishing License is required for all participants 16 and older – MNR staff will assist with the purchase process for anyone who does not have one prior to the first session.

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