Kids 'gone fishing' at city parks

June 22, 2009 (CHICAGO) The Chicago Park District and Chicago Police Department are teaming up to take Chicago kids fishing at the city's park ponds.

"We're doing fishing events every Monday from now until the middle of August. To give kids in high crime neighborhoods a positive activity that they can engage in during the day ... and keep them safe during the summer," said Beth Ford, Deputy Director CAPS Program.

The Chicago Park District's CAPS program sponsors the Monday session of the park district's summer long program. The whole idea is to get children out of the house and near the water. And to catch some fish. Terry Troudman is a first time fisherman. He's waiting for his fish to take the bait. Catching fish is key, according to expert fisherman Bob Sadowski of the Chicago Park District, to catching the fishing bug.

"Our objective here is to teach the child how to catch the fish and hopefully everyone will walk away with a fish. Our catch rate usually two to four fish per child," said Bob Sadowski, Fish'n Kids Program.

The program is catch and release; all the fish head home.

Every day, Monday- Friday until August, the program caters to about 50 kids. And about 100 fish. List of Chicago's parks |

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