Wilco's Learn to Fish event this weekend


Williamson County will host its 10th annual free Learn to Fish Day this weekend. 

The event will be held at the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, located at 3005 CR 175 in Leander, on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 8 a.m. to noon. Children of all ages will be able to spend time learning various fishing tips and techniques from local experts. The Learn to Fish Day event is free and open to the public.

All activities are in preparation for the day’s objective — to catch and release a fish.  Angler hopefuls will be guided through learning stations that emphasize the use of basic tackle, appropriate bait selection, knot tying, boat casting, conservation ethics, and general outdoor/water safety. Additional activities such as “backyard bass” will also help participants hone their fishing skills.

The county's public information offices advises those attending to allow at least an hour to fully enjoy the event. Organizers also recommend attendees arrive early. 

"Fishing poles and tackle will be provided so please leave personal fishing gear at home," the county's public information office said in a news release this week. "We suggest wearing loose, comfortable clothing, a hat or visor, and shoes other than flip flops. The use of insect repellent is advised along with sun block."

Commissioner Cynthia Long said she hopes the Learn to Fish event will inspire families to spend quality time with children discovering the outdoors and engaging in the lifetime recreational activity of fishing.

No pre-registration is necessary. Upon arrival at the park, all participants are asked to stop at the registration table to pick up materials needed for the stations.