Go Fish program hopes to hook children on fishing

lfabian@macon.comOctober 4, 2012 

A new program at the Go Fish Education Center could have toddlers falling for fishing hook, line and sinker.

Not only is it open season on catfish for everyone at the center’s pond in Perry, but Camp Little Minnow is scheduled for 1- to 3-year-olds each Friday morning in October.

From 10 a.m. until noon, moms and caregivers can bring toddlers in for a short movie, story time, crafts and a tour of the center, according to a release from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The camp is included in the regular admission price, which is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 3 to 12 years old and free for those under 3.

Adults must stay with the children during the two-hour camp.

October also marks the catfish harvest at the education center near the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.

Anglers can catch and take home five catfish per day each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October.

Those 16 and older will need a valid fishing license, which can be purchased at the center, or at www.georgiawildlife.com.

Fishing poles and bait are provided free of charge with the admission price.

Staff and volunteers can help novices get the hang of fishing and will teach folks how to clean the fish once they get home.

Hybrid striped bass and bream are also swimming around in the pond, but if one of them winds up on your hook, you’ll have to release it back in the water.

Visitors are encouraged to bring coolers and ice to keep their catch cool on the trip home.

The Go Fish Education Center is at 1255 Perry Parkway, off Interstate 75 at exit 134. The center is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The center is reserved for educational programs from Tuesday through Thursday, but is closed Mondays.

For more details, call (478) 988-6701 or visit www.gofisheducationcenter.com.

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