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North Liberty fishing clinic nets a crowd

The Burns sisters take turns touching the bluegill that youngest sister Mariska, 2, caught at the June 8 fishing clinic in North Liberty. Mariska, Fiona, 6, and Nadyia, 9, took turns fishing with mom Amanda, left.

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Grandpas, Grandmas, kids and parents surrounded the Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty Saturday, June 8, for the annual Free Fishing Days clinic. Over 350 crowded around the four-acre pond, pulling out bluegills, an occasional bullhead, catfish or bass, and took home fishing gear as prizes.
Volunteers around the pond offered tips on casting, filleting fish, safety on the water and what tackle to use. More than two dozen rod and reel combinations, in addition to tackle, mini-nets, and other gear were handed out as prizes.
Sponsored by Scheels, Hy-Vee and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the clinic is held annually during Iowa’s Free Fishing weekend.