APPROXIMATELY 100 COLUMBUS-AREA YOUTHS TO PARTICIPATE IN FISHING EVENT
COLUMBUS, OH - The Central Ohio Chapter of Muskies, Inc. will host its annual youth fishing event on Thursday, July 17th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Whetstone Park in Columbus. Approximately 100 youths, who are participants in Columbus Recreation and Parks summer programs, are expected to attend this event.
The Central Ohio Chapter of Muskies, Inc. organizes this event, with the help of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, to coincide with a Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) program aimed at directing youths toward positive activities and away from drug use. For some youths, Thursday's event may be their first fishing experience.
A $500 Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife Step Outside Grant, along with generous grant money given by Honda of America, BMW Financial Services and Gale Insulation, helped purchase channel catfish to stock in the pond, bought food for the kids, and will allow each participant in the HOFNOD program to be presented with their own rod and reel to use for future fishing trips. Many Muskies, Inc. club members and staff from Columbus Recreation and Parks will be on hand to serve food and assist the kids with fishing.
This annual event is a cooperation between the Central Ohio Chapter of Muskies, Inc., the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, and the ODNR Division of Wildlife.