Gone Fishing – Learn To Fish Camp, Father’s Day Fishing Tournament scheduled for July 18-22

The Dalton Parks and Recreation Department is looking to get kids hooked on fishing this summer. The department is hosting a week-long “Learn to Fish” camp scheduled for July, and next month the department will host its first-ever Father’s Day fishing tournament. Both events will take place at Haig Mill Lake Park.

The Parks and Recreation Department was able to secure a $500 grant from the Bass Pro Shops/Cabella External Grants Fund to purchase equipment to help start the new Learn to Fish Camp. The funds are used to purchase small fishing rods and tackle boxes for participants. The camp will run July 18-22 from 7:30 a.m. to noon each day.

“We were talking about coming up with new summer programs that we can offer, and [recreation superintendent] Will Chappell came across this grant fund. It’s really just there to help communities buy equipment to deliver these programs,” said Caitlin Sharpe, director of the parks and recreation department. “We really hope to target attendees who haven’t learned to fish so they can learn a new skill and connect with nature when they might not otherwise have that opportunity.”

In addition to learning to fish and spending time fishing on the lake, camp attendees will also hear from conservation experts about fish, wildlife, and water to learn more about nature. The cost is $25 per camper. The camp is open to children ages 7 to 12 who have no fishing experience. Registration is available at mydprd.com.

The Father’s Day Fishing Rodeo will be held at Haig Mill Lake Park on Saturday June 18th. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. and competition will begin at 8 a.m. A t-shirt and a hot dog meal will be provided after the competition. for each participant. The cost of participation is $10 per father and $5 per child. Attendees can pre-register at mydprd.com or they can also register on the day of the event.

“Really, I went to the guys at Haig Mill and said, I just want to have a day of fishing for Father’s Day,” Ms Sharpe laughed. “I met them a few weeks later and they made it a contest. They are fathers and they are avid anglers, so it makes sense.

There will be prizes awarded to participants who catch the most fish and the biggest fish, as well as competitions for the farthest throw and the most accurate throw.

“We hope it will be something that catches on and becomes a tradition,” Ms Sharpe said.

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