- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Young people and their families can learn how to fish at free clinics across Illinois this summer.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Urban Fishing Program is geared toward people age 16 and younger, but anyone is welcome to attend.

They clinics will be held at 20 sites, including Peoria, Moline, Decatur, Springfield, East St. Louis, Chicago and Carbondale.

Dan Stephenson is chief of the IDNR Division of Fisheries. He says the clinics “give thousands of young people each summer a chance to experience the fun of fishing.”

The clinics typically are held on weekdays. Instructors give information on fishing rules and regulations and basic instruction on baiting a hook, casting and handling, and returning fish to water. Rods and reels, bait and tackle are provided.

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Online:

www.ifishillinois.org

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