ELKHART — Local residents got a chance to fish for free on Saturday and amateurs got a chance to receive fishing lessons.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources hosted a “Family Learn to Fish” workshop at the Island Park where those in attendance learned basic fishing techniques and about the fish in the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers. 

 “The city of Elkhart, South Bend and Mishawaka has a unique opportunity because it’s completely surrounded by rivers and really these provide the only fishing opportunities these people have,” said Matt Horsley, assistant fisheries biologist with Indiana DNR. “So our goal with this workshop is to teach them the basics of fishing on a river.”

To fish on a river, Horsley said, all people need is a hook, a sinker and some type of bait – the most popular being a night crawler. 

Alex Lyons, who came with his mother, Ginger, said he fishes on occasion, but not regularly, and found the workshop to be helpful.

“I’d say the main thing I learned was how to tie a fishing knot properly,”

No fishing license was required as the event was held on Indiana’s second free fishing day for 2019. 

The last two free fishing days for Indiana will be June 1-2.

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