Free fishing day being held May 5 at Au Gres pond

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Au GRES TWP. — No licenses, bait or money will be necessary during a free kids’ fishing day scheduled for May 5 at Troy Williamson’s pond in Au Gres.

The event is hosted by the Arenac County Walleye Club and co-sponsored by Ducks Unlimited and the Sterling Sportsmen’s Association. Walleye club member Jerry Ott said the pond will be stocked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“They’re trout that the federal government puts into the pond for kids to fish for in the pond,” he said. “No license is required. We’ll have hot dogs, Kool-Aid and chips, coffee and hot dogs. It’s all free.”

Nightcrawlers will be provided for children at the pond, Ott said. There are usually between 1,000 and 1,500 trout stocked in the pond, but they aren’t always easy to catch, he said.

“You have to work at it sometimes,” he said. “Sometimes they’ll bite really well and sometimes they won’t.”

An event flier states there is a three-fish limit per child. Ott said children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“Parents can’t just come and drop their kids off,” he said. “They have to stay there with them.”

The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. People can come and go as they please during those six hours, Ott said.

“Mom and dad can take them, catch some fish and go home,” he said. “Some of those littler kids, when they catch one, they won’t let go of it. It’s just a good time for the kids.”

The pond is located at 618 S. Santiago Rd. For more information, call Ott at 989-876-8307 or Sterling Sportsmen’s Association President Todd Switala at 989-714-7447.

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