Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

May 20, 2011 13:06 ET

Start Summer Off Right-Take Your Kids Fishing!

Fishing Gear on Loan to Young Anglers at Rice Lake Fishing Festival This Weekend

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2011) - Summer may still be a few weeks away, but the fun can start this weekend at the first of three Rice Lake Spring Fishing Festival Kids Days. What better way to get in the summer state of mind than by going fishing? Kids don't even need their own gear; the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and official lead program sponsor, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), are providing everything young anglers need to try fishing through the OFAH Travelling TackleShare program.

The OFAH Travelling TackleShare booth will be set up at the Golden Beach Resort in Roseneath on Saturday May 21, from 10 AM to 4 PM, with fishing gear and bait for young anglers. There is no charge to borrow the equipment, as OFAH TackleShare is all about breaking down the barriers that keep kids from experiencing the joy of fishing. Participants simply sign out a rod and reel and tackle in the same way that they would borrow library materials. The program is delivered to the public in two ways; through the OFAH Travelling TackleShare Program, which travels to events, and the OFAH TackleShare Program, which has approximately 100 loaner sites across Ontario.

"This is the first Travelling TackleShare event of the season, and we are eager to put fishing gear into as many hands as we can this Saturday," said Alesha Caldwell. "Fishing is a wonderful way to enjoy family time and experience nature. The TackleShare program, sponsored by OPG, has everything covered. Just bring your child and enthusiasm, and we'll do the rest."

The 2011 Rice Lake Spring Fishing Festival is running from May 14 to June 19, and is featuring three Kids Days, which the OFAH TackleShare program is proud to be sponsoring. In addition to the Golden Beach event, TackleShare will be at the Hastings Waterfront Park on May 28 and at Bewdley Township Park on June 11. There is no cost for children and youth to participate in the festival Kids Days, however buttons are available for sale for anyone who wants to take part in the five-week long fishing festival that features draws and prizes.

Youth under 18 years and seniors 65 and older do not need to purchase a fishing version Outdoors card. All others do need to purchase a card in order to fish in Ontario waters. All Ontario fishing regulations must be followed, and can be found at www.ontario.ca/fishing.

To learn more about the OFAH TackleShare Program, sponsored by OPG, go to www.tackleshare.com and for festival details, visit www.ricelakespringfishingfestival.ca.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the OFAH is the province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Alesha Caldwell
    Conservation Outreach Programs Coordinator
    705-748-6324 ext 254 or 705-930-1805

    Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Lezlie Goodwin
    Manager of Communications
    705-748-6324 ext 270