This week, until Sunday night, Ontario residents are able to fish without a license. If your kids are like mine, there is something magical about dropping a string in the water and pulling out a fish.
If you are thinking about exploring fishing with your kids this week here are a few resources:
This is a great article about fishing with your kids.
There is a colouring contest on now in celebration of the Family Fishing week. Your kids could win a prize which could include: a lure kit, rod and reel combination, a fishing map book, and other prizes.
If you are feeling crafty you can make your own fishing game. I like this one made from felt. Or try your hand at some koi fish kites with templates from the Toymaker. Older kids might enjoy an origami version.
These fish, made from 2L pop bottles are beautiful. And if you use tissue paper they would be gorgeous in a window.
Don’t forget that on Saturday the Legion is hosting the 5th Annual Event Family Fishing Day from 9 am – 12:30 p, at the ponds at 785 York Rd Guelph. Admission is $5 each or $15 Family of 4. Included with Admission is BBQ to follow at The Royal Canadian Legion, prizes and a pop and hot dog. For more information please visit the website.
If you happen to get hooked, mark down August 15th on your calendar. The Wellington County Museum is featuring an introduction to the art of fly-fishing that day as part of their Summer Pleasures program. Pre-registration is required for this program which takes place in the Grand River.
The Guelph Public Library has a number of wonderful books about fishing. Check these out:
When Chico went fishing written by Robin Tzannes.
Chico’s father is very serious about his fishing. Armed with his very expensive fishing kit, he sets off into the jungle, confident he will make a catch. In the other direction goes Chico, also determined to catch a fish, and with only the bits and pieces he carries in his pockets. But who will catch the most?
Fishing in the air by Sharon Creech with pictures by Chris Raschka.
We were going on a journey, to a secret place. We’d catch the air! We’d catch the breeze!A father and son set out early one morning in search of a cool, clear river in which to fish. With their lines and bobbers, they cast high into the air catching memories, discoveries, and a bubble of breeze and a sliver of sky and a slice of yellow sun.
McElligot’s pool, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss.
A boy imagines the rare and wonderful fish he might catch in McElligot’s pool.
H is for hook : a fishing alphabet written by Judy Young and illustrated by Gary Palmer.
From A to Z all that is fishing is explained in this illustrated picture book using poetry and prose. Topics include angler, catch and release, fly-fishing, tackle.
Hook, line, and sinker : everything kids want to know about fishing by Italo Labignan with illustrations by Jock MacRae.
Fishing expert Italo Labignan takes you on a journey through the wild world of fishing with step-by-step instructions covering the basics of sport fishing, from important safety information to fun facts and tips.
How to catch a fish by John Frank and illustrated by Peter Sylvada.
A FISHING TRIP AROUND THE WORLD Thirteen linked verses and handsome, mood-drenched paintings show how we catch fish–from New England to the Arctic, to Japan and Namibia and beyond. This lovely picture book–about fishing, geography, people and customs, and the bond between parent and child fishing together–will appeal to everyone who’s cast a line in the water.
Granddad’s fishing buddy by Mary Quigley and illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch.
It is summer on the lake, and Sara wants to fish with her granddad and his special fishing buddy. She promises that she will keep real quiet so she won’t scare the fish, that she can row a boat without making it turn in circles, and that she can bait a hook . . . maybe. Granddad is convinced and they take a boat out on the water together. There, Sara meets the best fisherman on the lake, learns all of her granddad’s fishing secrets, and creates some of her very own. Lyrical with touches of spot-on humor, this story captures the fun and loving relationship between a granddaughter and her grandfather, and their interaction with the natural world.