The Raisin Region Conservation Authority’s (RRCA) Family Fishing Day, sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, returns to Gray’s Creek Conservation Area on Friday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event lets young anglers and their families try their hand at catching fish while also enjoying a barbecue and a chance to win several prizes through a friendly fishing competition. A fishing licence is not required, as the event takes place during Ontario’s licence-free fishing week.
“For over twenty years, this popular RRCA community event has been a fun way for families to learn about the region’s fish species, practice proper fishing techniques, and simply enjoy spending time in nature together,” says Vincent Pilon, RRCA’s Public Information Coordinator.
Hundreds of anglers of all skill levels typically join the event. While all ages are welcome, anglers aged 16 and under will have a chance to win prizes awarded for several categories, including biggest fish, smallest fish, and most fish caught. RRCA staff will be on hand to help measure, weigh, and identify the day’s catches.
Participants are strongly encouraged to observe proper fishing and water safety practices. For those without fishing equipment, the RRCA will be lending out rods, hooks and bobbers, while supplies last.
“RRCA’s participation in the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ Tackleshare equipment loaning program, coupled with the province’s licence-free fishing week, is a great way to introduce families to this popular sport,” says Pilon.
Gray’s Creek Conservation Area is located at 18045 County Road 2, just east of Cornwall. Its shoreline fishing access, marina, boat launch, nature trails and picnic area make it a popular spot for local families to gather and enjoy the outdoors. In 2021, Gray’s Creek welcomed 110,000 visitors.