Learn how to fish at Pinchot Park


The state Fish & Boat Commission on Saturday will be hosting an event aimed at introducing fishing to families.

Dubbed the Family Fishing Program, the event, at Gifford Pinchot State Park, is a Fishing 101 course where participants will learn the basics to being an angler.

"It's basically getting people to go fishing as a family," said Adam Spangler, an education specialist with the commission.

Spangler said similar events are held through the summer months across the state starting in the spring of each year.

Since Sunday is Grandparents' Day, officials opted to hold one last event in York County this year, he said.

Who can attend: The event is open to all families, but an adult must bring a child, and a child must be accompanied by an adult.

There aren't any age restrictions, Spangler said, adding class sizes average about 30 people.

Those who pre-register online do not need a fishing license.

Attendees will be taught the basics of fishing, such as knot tying, baiting a hook, casting and taking a fish off the hook, according to the commission.

Since it is a beginners course, there's no need to bring any equipment, such as a fishing pole.

"Everything's supplied," Spangler said.

Saturday's event starts at 9 a.m. and runs until noon at Pinchot Park, in Warrington Township. It will be held at the Conewago Day Use Area off Alpine Road.

To pre-register, go to fish.state.pa.us

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.