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16th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic February 29th

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, appreciation for our marine environment and a fun family outing are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Citrus County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) present a FREE Kids’ Fishing Clinic for pre-registered children between the ages of 5 and 15 on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Classes are available every 10 minutes between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  The clinic will be held at the Fort Island Trail Park, 12073 W. Ft Island Trail Crystal River, FL 34429.

“The Kids' Fishing Clinic is a one-day educational event established by the Outreach and Education section of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,” said Maci Kepler, Recreation Program Specialist. “One of the main goals for the Kids' Fishing Clinic is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. After approximately one hour of instruction, the children will receive a free rod and reel, and will have the opportunity to fish,” Kepler added. 

This free clinic enables young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety.  In addition, environmental displays will provide participants with a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.  The main objective is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems. This event is a catch-and-release activity, and all participants must be accompanied by an adult. 

Because space is limited, pre-registration is required by calling Citrus County Parks and Recreation at (352) 527-7540 or visiting our website at 

Individuals or companies interested in helping to sponsor this event or volunteer at the clinic should contact Citrus County Parks and Recreation at (352) 527-7540.


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