“In conjunction with the [Georgia] Department of Natural Resources, we have a free fishing event at Dellinger Park. DNR, they stock our lake and we have four fishing events every year and this is the third one,” said Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department Director Greg Anderson, adding the DNR stocks Dellinger Park Lake every November with catfish. “In fact, this is the only one that’s opened up for everybody. ... We have one in June for youth, we have one in June for seniors, we have this one that is for all ages, and then we have one Oct. 12 and it is a grandparent/child fishing event.
“... There are times — and it could be this way Saturday, it just depends — we’ve had as many as 350 at our events and when we have that many it’s really too crowded. But it’s great to watch these kids come out and catch their first fish or learn how to fish.”
Additional events being promoted by the Georgia DNR are posted on www.georgiawildlife.com/get-involved/nhfday. Along with not needing a fishing or trout license to fish on Georgia’s public waters, individuals on Saturday are not required to acquire a wildlife management area license to fish on a WMA, public fishing area or Waters Creek.
According to www.georgiawildlife.com/get-involved/nhfday, “Each day, millions of Americans work to conserve and improve our natural resources — they are America’s hunters and anglers. The U.S. Congress and President Nixon established National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1972 to recognize these generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money, more than a billion dollars each year, they donate to wildlife conservation programs. ... Conserving the [state’s] natural and wildlife resources is one of the most important responsibilities for this and future generations and the conservation programs supported and financed by Georgia hunters and anglers have benefited hundreds of wildlife species, including deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles and songbirds for all Georgians to enjoy.
“... One of the best ways all of us can create a better public understanding of hunting and fishing is to create a better public awareness of the important role that outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen have played in conservation and improving our natural resources. Together with hunting and fishing license fees, federal aid programs have funded game animals and sport fish conservation, habitat acquisition and outdoor recreation opportunities both in Georgia and throughout the country. NHF Day events provide opportunities for outdoor-oriented people and urbanites alike to learn more about outdoor skills and activities.”
For more information about the Dellinger Park event at 100 Pine Grove Road, visit the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department’s page on www.cityofcartersville.org or call 770-387-5626.