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TRAVERSE CITY: Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., children accompanied by an adult are invited to join in the fishing fun at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus. More than 500 young anglers are expected at the eleventh annual Kids’ Free Fishing Day. Under the supervision of the Department of Natural Resources, 750 rainbow trout 10 inches or longer will be stocked for the event. Fishing rods, reels and bait will be provided, or children may also bring their own fishing gear. Volunteers will be on hand to register anglers, help with fishing instruction and clean the fish.
The Great Lakes Children’s Museum will host a free Gyotaku fish-painting activity for kids waiting to fish. Gyotaku is an ancient Japanese tradition in which a fish becomes a highly unique work of art. The word Gyotaku itself is a combination of two separate words – Gyo, which means fish, and Taku, which means rubbing. As its name indicates, Gyotaku is an art that produces imprints of fish through the method of rubbing.
There will also be a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration. Free pizza, courtesy of Little Caesar’s and Orchard Creek Senior Living and Healthcare, will be provided. Parking is available at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, located just east of the Holiday Inn on U.S. 31.
The event is sponsored by NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Traverse City Rotary Clubs, Rotary Camps & Services, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association, and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City.
For more information, visit www.greatlakeskids.org or call the Great Lakes Children’s Museum at 231.932.4526.