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Fish, fishing, bugs in Turners Falls Saturday

TURNERS FALLS — If you haven’t got a knowledgeable grandfather handy to teach your youngsters to fish, the Great Falls Discovery Center may have you covered.

The center’s eighth annual Family Fishing Day will feature fish information, likely a live sturgeon in a tank and lessons on how to catch your own.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with registration in the Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, with activity stations set up around the center and with fishing in the Connecticut River from the verge of Unity Park, off First Street.

All equipment is provided, the event is free, and anyone is invited to stop by and register at any time during the event, according to Park Ranger Laurel Carpenter, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Wildlife Service is among the state and local groups and agencies sponsoring the event, including the Western Mass. Fly Fishermen.

Fly fishermen will teach fly casting and fly tying. Fishing in the Connecticut will be with the more familiar reel fishing poles, and no fishing license is required to participate.

Carpenter said the event is geared toward families with children old enough to fish, with other activities for those who aren’t.

Both the state and federal wildlife agencies are interested in outdoor activities connecting children with nature, Carpenter said, and fishing is one.

“It’s something that can be done as a family. You learn about nature, learn about wildlife and it helps them to see the bigger picture of the environment,” Carpenter said.

There will also be aquatic insect investigations, fishing games, raffles and giveaways.

The event is fully accessible, according to organizers. The Great Falls Discovery Center can be reached at 413-863-3221.

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