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Kids learn about local fish species

    Children learned to identify different species of fish native to Northwestern Ontario during the annual “Family Fishing Weekend” earlier this summer at Blue Lake Provincial Park.    Dick deGroot, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer in Dryden District, presented the program to a group of about 25 children and 12 parents in early July.    In the first part of the program, the children learned to identify 12 species found in Northwestern Ontario, including walleye, sauger, northern pike, muskellunge (muskie), lake trout, smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, lake whitefish, cisco, burbot, and lake herring.    “I brought samples of 10 of the species and the family groups tried to identify the fish species based on what they had learned in the first part of the program,” said deGroot.    “The kids got measuring tapes and lures as prizes,” he added. “It was a very enjoyable day for me and the families who participated.”    The children also learned to measure the fish and use the Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary to determine if they could legally keep it.    All participants under the age of 16 received a free Resident Young Angler’s Licence valid until the end of December.     Blue Lake Provincial Park is located about seven km north of Vermilion Bay.

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