Cartersville and state offer free fishing
by Mark Andrews
Jun 01, 2012 | 1669 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Longtime and new anglers are encouraged to drop each other a line as National Fishing and Boating Week begins Saturday.

"In conjunction with [NFBW], we've started these fishing rodeos with a youth one as well as a senior one, and they've just been a very big success," said Director of Cartersville Parks and Recreation Greg Anderson.

At Dellinger Park Monday from 7 a.m. to noon, youth ages 14 and younger are invited to a free day of fishing. Anderson said each youth needs to bring his own rod and bait, with crickets being the only live bait allowed.

"Normally we'll have anywhere from 300 to 400 kids come out," Anderson said.

The following Friday, June 8, seniors age 50 and older are invited at the same time to participate in a free fishing event.

"These are just some of the things we do. We have five events in our lake each year," Anderson said. "DNR furnishes us anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 fingerling catfish in the fall and we have these [fishing] events."

Beyond catfish, the pond at Dellinger includes brim and a hybrid grass carp for cutting down on the amount of algae. Anderson said the grass carp, if caught, should be returned.

"Anything else we want you to take home," Anderson said.

He said one of the positive aspects of the youth event is it provides an opportunity to expose young people to a new outdoor activity.

"Too much these days these kids stay indoors playing their video games and listening to music and they don't get to enjoy nature and fishing is a part of that. It's a great sport," Anderson said.

The Bartow County Bass Club is co-sponsoring the youth and senior events and will provide assistance, as well as a hot dog lunch afterward.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources division is promoting NFBW beginning this Saturday through June 10.

"Outdoor recreation strengthens the family as a unit and children as individuals," WRD Chief of Fisheries Management John Biagi said in a press release. "National Fishing and Boating Week is an opportunity to remind all outdoor enthusiasts to teach their children and others the importance of natural resource conservation while introducing them to an exciting activity that could last a lifetime."

According to DNR, NFBW "began in 1979 as National Fishing Week and was created to recognize the tradition of fishing, to broaden the spirit of togetherness and to share the values and knowledge of today's anglers with tomorrow's anglers."

To further promote fishing, Georgia residents can fish without a fishing or trout license on public waters and fishing areas on June 2 and 9.