Project FISH introduces kids to reel fun : MI

Article Posted: October 17, 2003

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Project FISH introduces kids to reel fun

State natural resources officials today announced a public workshop to recruit volunteers of all ages interested in teaching children how to fish and care for Michiganís aquatic resources.

The workshop, held Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 5-6 at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan, is sponsored by Project FISH (Friends Involved in Sportfishing Heritage) and open to all adults. It is designed to provide participants hands-on activities and lessons to get kids interested in fishing. Sessions include Michigan aquatic ecology; people and fish; tackle crafting and building angling skills.

The program runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day and costs $50 to attend. The registration deadline is Oct 22.

"Each participant will leave with curriculum activities, equipment, and access to supplies and resources to begin a successful fishing program with children," said Wolf Lake Interpreter Shana McMillian. "They even may want to start a neighborhood family fishing club after attending this class."

Project FISH is coordinated by Michigan State Universityís Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. This workshop is a partnership with the DNR, the MSU Southwest Michigan Extension Offices and the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, and is partially funded through the DNR and the Great Lakes Fishery Trust.

For information, contact Mark Stephens, Project FISH Coordinator, at 517-432-2700, Shana McMillian at 269-668-2876, or download workshop registration material at

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