If you’re going
* What: Kids’ Free Fishing Event
* When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
* Where: Lower Pool Park, below Buford Dam
* Who: Kids 15 and younger; must be accompanied by an adult
Several local civic clubs, in cooperation with the Georgia Wildlife Resource Division and National Wild Turkey Federation, will present the annual Kids’ Free Fishing Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lower Pool Park below Buford Dam.
The event has been going on for about 15 years, with kids ages 15 and younger invited to try their hand at fishing and instructional BB shooting through the federation.
Bill Couch, a former manager of the Buford Trout Hatchery, began the event and continues to help with it every year.
“It’s an opportunity for parents to spend some incredibly good quality time with their kids,” Couch said. “It’s a chance to get outdoors and get your toes wet a little bit.”
Each year, the event, held as part of National Hunting & Fishing Day, draws between 300 and 500 kids, Couch said.
“It’s a rain or shine event, so the weather definitely drives how good the turnout is,” he said. “I think the weather’s going to be just right for it this weekend.”
Numerous volunteers give fly tying and fishing demonstrations. They also are on hand to help with baiting hooks and removing fish.
There are plenty of those as the Buford Trout Hatchery each year stocks the pool with more than 2,500 rainbow trout for the event.
Phil Eve, with the Cumming Kiwanis Club, said the event is always something he and other club members look forward to attending.
“The real purpose is to interest young kids in fishing, and many times it’s where a young child may catch their first fish,” he said. “It’s a joyous sight.”
Children must be accompanied by an adult and are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles, if they have them, although a limited number will be available for use at no charge.
Civic club volunteers also prepare hundreds of hot dogs and offer other free snacks and beverages.