Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lake Metroparks Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs

The Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) program was developed over 20 years ago by the Future Fisherman Foundation.  This national program uses angling skill development as a gateway to teach youth about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to deal with the challenges facing them in their young lives.  The activities and lessons are designed to enable the young participants to become ethical anglers and also to grow into adults that will make wise decisions for themselves and the environment. 

In addition to fishing, the participants will learn to rig their own gear, equipment choices and casting, fish identification and ecology, aquatic habitats, fishing regulations and ethics, the effects of pollution, respect for one’s self and others, and many other life skills all proving that fishing is a wholesome activity that can be accomplished with family or friends without the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.  Children will have classroom instruction, crafts, games and activities, and daily fishing opportunities.  No fishing equipment or experience needed!

This unique camp receives support and assistance from the following agencies:
Lake Metroparks Ranger Department, LMP Volunteers, Lake County Narcotics P.L.U.S. Officers, Crossroads, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Fairport Fish Research Unit,
Lake County Soil & Water, and the North Coast Fly Fishers.

There are limited openings in the camp scheduled July 16 - 20.

Please register online at or call the Lake Metroparks Registration Department at 440-358-7275 or 1-800-669-9226.

Registration is on a first come – first served
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