Family fishing days return June 4 to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site.
The catch-and-release only fishery is stocked with trout, bluegill, largemouth bass and other species.
Family fishing days are Wednesdays and Saturdays through the end of August. Fishing equipment can be checked out at the OWLS Pond, located adjacent to the department’s Bismarck office, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Fishing rods, basic tackle and bait are available for use free of charge.
Trained volunteers or Game and Fish staff are available to answer questions and check out equipment, but there is little or no direct supervision. Children who aren’t old enough to get to the pond on their own should be accompanied by an adult.
The OWLS area is fairly primitive, but includes a picnic shelter and benches upon entering the site, and a portable restroom. The area has no running water. Users should bring water, sunscreen, folding chairs and appropriate clothing.
The Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteer instructors to assist with the program. Individuals at least age 18 with an interest in teaching kids to fish can contact the department at 701-328-6300.
The OWLS pond is open to fishing year-round during daylight hours. Larger groups are encouraged to make arrangements with Game and Fish to visit the area on days other than Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are no bait restrictions and anglers must practice catch-and-release. The area is designed for wheel chair accessibility. Pets, glass bottles and alcohol are not permitted on the site.