For the past two years, I have been wanting to take my son out to the Go Fish! program that is put on by the Regional District:
On Sunday, May 4 join program staff and volunteers at the special fishing area in Shannon Lake Regional Park. The program then runs each weekend until June 16, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The program offers youth ages 15 and under, a chance to catch one rainbow trout each day without a fishing licence. A limited number of rods, reels and bait will be available each weekend for youngsters to use and try their luck!
–District of West Kelowna
Unfortunately my social anxieties, his age, and my fear of him coming home with a hook in his nose has stopped me from taking him the prior two seasons.
I have been wanting to get back into fishing since we moved to the Okanagan. Growing up, we used to go salmon fishing at Deep Bay every summer in Bowser, BC. I always looked forward to Spring when softball started. As softball drew to a close, my birthday came and went, school ended and I would spent most of my Summer up at the trailer with my grandmother, cousins, aunt and uncle fishing and playing in the ocean. Oh how I miss the ocean and long for the day that we move back to it!
This year, I finally felt he was old enough at the ripe old age of six to take him fishing. We went for the first time last Sunday hoping it had not been canceled because of the long weekend. We were thinking it would not be that busy between it being the long weekend and the weather being a bit dismal. Given those two factors, we were surprised at how busy it was!
I had taken two rods & reels with us. One was a rod I had bought for $5 on sale and with a store coupon for him to use with his kite. The reel busted within a few casts and needless to say, I was not impressed. I quickly set up the other rod so he could get back to fishing. After failing to cast even remotely okay with the cheap fishing rod, I was thankful to get to using a reel that I was more familiar with and could actually get out into the middle of the lake and past the weeds.
While we did not come home with a fish, we certainly had a few bites and had to re-bait because of it. He seemed to enjoy himself and we will head to the lake again today to fish for a couple of hours in hopes of bringing something home for dinner.