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Forest Hosts 19th Annual Fishing Clinics

Just for kids

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be hosting three Kids' Fishing Day Clinics on June 9 as part of its 19th annual observance of National Fishing Week.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children for these free fishing clinics and a host of other family-oriented, fun activities.

"It's a good way to show young people the great outdoors and have a fun family experience, Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor Claire Lavendel said.

The three fishing clinics are scheduled for:

Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Mt. Adams-Guler County Park in Trout Lake.

This fishing clinic, for kids 12 and younger, is sponsored by Mt. Adams Ranger District, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Grange Association, Skamania County Sheriff's Department, and many local businesses.

Besides the opportunity to learn how to catch fish, other activities will include storytelling in Spanish and English, T-shirt fish printing, face painting, casting contest, Fish Facts Wheel of Fortune, boat safety lessons, prizes, and special guest appearances of Smokey Bear and Frances Fish.

Food and beverages will be served.

For more information, contact Stephanie Caballero, Mt. Adams Ranger District, 395-3419.

Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lower Cowlitz Falls Day Use area, 15 miles east of Morton.

Lewis PUD, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Cowlitz Valley Ranger District will sponsor this fishing clinic.

Activities include making fish t-shirt prints, casting contest, and a fish obstacle course game. Refreshments will be served. The primary contact is Ken Wieman, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, (360) 497-1141.

Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Merwin Reservoir at Merwin Park, 12 miles east of Woodland.

This Fishing Derby is sponsored by; Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, PacfiCorp, Camas Moose Lodge, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fish First, Cowlitz Fire District #1, Mount St. Helens Institute, and local businesses.

Activities include environmental education activities, fish t-shirt prints, face painting, casting contest, recreational fishing opportunities, boating safety clinic, and prizes. There will be free snacks and beverages.

The primary contact is Adam Haspiel, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, (360) 449-7833.

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