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Learning to fish on the bayou

Krystle Wagner • Jul 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — After a few quick dips of the bobber, Lucus Beck set the hook and reeled up a fish.

Lucus and other children in Northwest Ottawa County Recreation Authority’s Recreation Summer School program at the River Haven community went fishing at Pottawattomie Park on Tuesday.

With camp counselors and members of Boy Scout Troop 246, campers had one-on-one “fishing guides” for the outing.

“See, I told you I knew how to fish,” Lucus said as he proudly posed for pictures. “I’m an expert!”

The afternoon fishing outing is one of the ways children in the camp explore nearby activities that they can also do with their families, said NORA Program Coordinator Jackie Rowland.

As Carson Berko, a member of Troop 246, placed a worm on a hook for the next camper, the scout joked that he felt confident he wouldn’t catch a fish, but he hoped younger children had luck on their side.

Although Lillibeth DeVries didn’t get a bite, she carefully watched her bobber. Regardless, she said she liked fishing and the way the water sparkled in the sun.

Lillibeth said they’ve also put together crafts, played hockey, and participated in Ferrysburg’s Fourth of July parade and other activities so far this summer.

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