Senate District 28
Vernon Sykes
 
 
Senator Sykes Hosts Annual Fishing Clinic for Akron Youth
August 2, 2019
On Wednesday, state Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) hosted his annual fishing clinic for Akron’s children in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“It is crucial for us to expose our children to wildlife starting at a young age and teach them the critical role that wildlife plays in our ecosystem,” said Sykes. “The fishing clinic is a great opportunity for local children to connect to the great outdoors and learn about wildlife.”

During the daylong event, children ranging from five to 15 participated in fishing-related activities at Portage Lakes State Park. Many participants were children from the First Faith Development Corporation summer camp in Akron. ODNR staff helped teach the participants about different species of fish native to Ohio’s waters and how to cast, catch and cook fish.

The fishing clinic took place at the ODNR’s Youth Fishing Area at the Division of Wildlife’s District 3. The location is open to Anglers 15 years of age and younger on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. For more information about the youth fishing area, visit ohiodnr.gov/akronyouthponds.  

The event was made possible by the dedicated staff at ODNR’s Division of Wildlife’s District 3. The Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank graciously donated breakfast and lunch to help support the event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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