Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD is excited to announce that it will be hosting a Kids Fishing Day at the National Wildlife Visitor Center on Saturday, June 11th, 2011. As last year, participants are required to register for this annual event. Activities will target youth who have little or no fishing experience. Boys and girls ages 15 and under can register for either an 8:30 am or 9:30 am time slot by calling the Refuge program registration number, 301-497-5887. Please request any accessibility accommodations when you register. At least one adult should accompany each child.
The refuge will supply all fishing poles and bait for the children to use. No personal fishing gear will be needed or allowed during this event. After checking in at the Visitor Center and participating in pre-fishing activities such as casting and fish handling, youth will be allowed to fish in one of two nearby lakes for a minimum of one hour. The event will end between 11:00 and 11:30.
Fishing at Patuxent Research Refuge
Youth, and adults, may also fish with personal equipment at the North Tract section of the Refuge (off of Maryland Rt. 198 east of Laurel). June 11 is a “free fishing day” in Maryland. On this day State fishing licenses are not required. Anglers must, however, abide by State and Refuge fishing regulations.
Anglers may fish at Patuxent’s North Tract entrance year-around (with some exceptions). Seasonal fishing will open for the public at the Refuge’s Cash Lake on Sunday, June 12, and will continue through mid-October. The Cash Lake site (located off of Rt. 197 between Bowie and Laurel) has a fully accessible pier and has restroom facilities. All anglers age 16 and over must have a current Maryland non-tidal fishing license and an annual fishing/parking pass issued by the Refuge. Passes are currently available at the Patuxent North Tract Contact Station (8:00AM – 3:30PM daily). Fishing/parking passes will be available at the National Wildlife Visitor Center beginning in June. The Visitor Center is located
South of Laurel off of Powder Mill Road between MD Rt. 197 and the Baltimore/Washington Parkway.
For more information about Refuge fishing or other programs, or for fishing regulations, visit http://patuxent.fws.gov .
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