Thursday, May 30, 2013

Free Family Fishing at Byrd Park Saturday

The department will hold its annual Family Fishing Fair on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at Shield’s Lake in Byrd Park. The family event celebrates Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend, when no license is required to fish, and is meant to introduce newcomers and novices to the sport and fun of fishing.
      Local fishing experts will be on hand to teach basic freshwater catch and release fishing, and at 11 a.m. there will be a Kid’s Casting Contest and a Backyard Bass Contest. Both contests will offer fishing rods and reels as prizes.
      The public is encouraged to bring their fishing equipment and come see if they can “catch the big one!”  
       Some loaner poles and tackle will be available for use on a limited basis.
       For more information contact Wyatt Kingston at (804) 232-1982 or