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Wed., May 30, 2012, 9:32 a.m.

Catch of the day: Fishing 101 class for adults

An angler puts another trout on a stringer during opening day at Williams Lake. (Rich Landers)
An angler puts another trout on a stringer during opening day at Williams Lake. (Rich Landers)

FISHING – Sign-up is underway for limited openings in a two-session fishing clinic for adults who haven’t been introduced to the sport.

The clinic seeks to fill the gap to help people learn how to catch fish even if they don't come from a fishing family.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and volunteers from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council are teaming to teach non-fishing adults age 16 or older. 

The clinic involves an evening session on June 7-- a suggest born from last year's clinic -- followed by a weekend daytime session at Williams Lake.

The on-the-lake clinic is set for June 9, which is free fishing weekend in Washington – no fishing license required!

Sign up: 892-1001 or email

Read on for more details.

Before casting a line that weekend, newcomers to the sport will learn the basics about fishing equipment and methods at a class, Thursday, June 7, 6 – 9 p.m., at INWC’s office, 6116 N. Market St. in Spokane.

On Saturday, June 9, 8 a.m. to 12-noon, the participants will use their new fishing skills and equipment at Bunkers Resort on Williams Lake in southwest Spokane County.

This year registration includes a $10 fee to cover some of the cost of fishing rods and reels and other equipment given to all participants.

Registration for “Fishing 101” is being taken through June 6, or until 30 class spaces are filled, at WDFW’s Eastern Regional Office, 2315 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216.

Learn about basic fishing equipment, methods, where and when to go fishing for what kinds of fish, even how to clean and cook a catch.

“We tried this last year on Free Fishing Weekend and the idea was so well-received that we’re doing it again with a little more time spent teaching basics before newcomers hit the water,” said John Whalen WDFW Eastern Region Fish Program Manager.

Whalen noted that fishing usually isn’t tried without a mentor.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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