on May 06, 2014 09:43 AM • Views 2041
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 6, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering fishing camps this summer for youths ages 9 to 17 at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

Three one-week camps will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon in June, July and August. A registration fee of $20 is required for each week of camp. Loaner rods and reels, as well as bait and other materials, are included in the registration price.

The first and second camps, open to youths ages 9 to 13, will be held June 16-20 and July 14-18. The third camp will be held Aug. 11-15 and will be open to youth ages 14 to 17. Each day, camp participants will learn new fishing skills and fish in one of several ponds at the center. The tentative schedule is:

·         Monday – lanyard making and fishing for catfish

·         Tuesday – Lure making and open-face spinning reel fishing

·         Wednesday – Aquatic insects and baitcasting reel fishing

·         Thursday – Paddling on Lake Rim (kayaking)

·         Friday – Fishing Challenge Day

Due to space constraints, each camp is limited to 12 participants and pre-registration is required by contacting the Pechmann Center at 910-868-5003 or kris.smith@ncwildlife.org. The $20 camp registration fee must be paid at time of registration.

“Novice and experienced anglers in these classes can all learn something to make them better anglers,” said Gerald Klauss, natural science curator at the Pechmann Center.  “There is something new to learn each day. Our hands-on, kid-friendly instruction style is designed to help young anglers feel more comfortable and confident when they go fishing.”

The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, across from Lake Rim. Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. Most programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the center, or to check on summer clinics, visit the Learning page.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the Fishing page.