Free fishing event for families

Red River Sportsman’s Club will host the first of three Family Fishing Nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 17 at the Knight Shelter at Kidder Recreation Area.

Red River Sportsman’s Club will host the first of three Family Fishing Nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 17 at the Knight Shelter at Kidder Recreation Area. Cindie VanTassel is a member of the club, serves on the board of directors and initiated this event.

Volunteers from the club will facilitate the event. Those who attend will learn about rod choices, make an artificial lure to take home, practice casting with a rod, study fish identification and fish with night crawlers in the Red River.

The registration limit is capped at 20 participants. In order to attend, people must register online at www.rrasc.net.

VanTassel explained that those attending will not need a fishing license as she has obtained passes from North Dakota Game and Fish to fish in the river for that evening. These passes will be provided at all three events. Coming from North Dakota Game and Fish when in North Dakota and from Minnesota Department of National Resources when fishing at Welles Memorial Park in Breckenridge, Minnesota.

“If they have their license awesome, if they want to buy one afterwards, more awesome,” VanTassel said.

A rod and bait will be provided as well as a small tackle box. However, people are free to bring their own, she said. The event will be totally free.

Inspiration for this event came from some questions posed to members of the club about fishing. VanTassel explained that some grandparents wanted to take their grandchildren fishing and wanted guidance on how to teach them. VanTassel encouraged the club to start this event.

“There’s a need for this, let’s develop it and offer it to the people in the community,” VanTassel said.

VanTassel is also the coordinator of the Junior Wildlife Club. Information about invasive species, the Red River Sportsman’s Club and the Junior Wildlife Club will be provided at the event.

The other two Family Fishing Nights will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on July 14 at Welles Park in Breckenridge, Minnesota and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on August 19 at Knight Shelter in Kidder Recreation Area, Wahpeton.

For more information call VanTassel at 643-4374.

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