Hooked on Fishing is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides fishing opportunities for our community. Our passion is helping children, senior citizens, and special needs groups to appreciate the joys of fishing. We primarily work with school groups, scouts, park districts, community groups, churches, special needs groups, nursing homes, and other organizations that provide services for kids, senior citizens, or disabled individuals. All fishing is "catch and release". We provide the equipment and bait.
Our instruction includes:
~The basics of using a rod and reel
~Baiting a hook
~Landing the catch
~Handling the fish
Beyond the basics, we enjoy teaching fish biology, knot tying, fishing ethics, fishing techniques and good fishing sportsmanship. We are happy to work with teachers, scout masters and group leaders to custom design instructional programs that meet their specific educational objectives. Because of the importance of artesian wells in supplying water to our ponds, we can also provide instruction on aquifers, artesian wells, and water quality issues.
Our enthusiastic volunteers are able to provide much one-on-one help, guidance, and instruction to novice anglers.
Groups can schedule park visits according to the following schedule.
Tuesday: 9:00 to 4:00
Wednesday: 9:00 to 4:00
Thursday: 9:00 to 4:00
Friday: 9:00 to 4:00
Saturday: 9:00 to 4:00
Sunday: 12:00 to 4:00 Sunday is "Open Fishing" day for families
To schedule a visit, follow these steps:
(1) check availability by looking at our calendar of events
(2) submit by email your request for an open time and date
(3) include name of group, number of participants, age of participants, mailing address, email, phone number, date and time of your visit, and name of contact person.
Hooked on Fishing operates entirely on contributions. Many people who use the park are able to make contributions; some of them are unable to make a donation. Hooked on Fishing relies upon the generosity of sponsors to help pay for our operating expenses. Our expenses include fish stocking, tackle, bait, utilities, phone, website costs, park maintenance, insurance, property lease, fish food, porta-potty rentals, office supplies and miscellaneous expenses. We are a 501C3 organization, and donations are tax deductible.
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