Apr. 09, 2024

WILLIAMSPORT – State Rep. Jamie Fick (R-Lycoming/Union) and City of Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter invite families in the community to participate in Fishing with Flick and Mayor Slaughter on Saturday, April 20.

Hosted in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Mentored Youth Trout Day, the free event is designed for youths, ages 4-16 years, to enjoy the outdoors, pair up with a parent or mentor and learn the art of angling. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lycoming Creek across the street from Bowman Field, near the Original League baseball field.

“As a member of the Tourism & Economic & Recreational Development, Game & Fisheries, and Children & Youth committees, I am keen to host events like this one that creates enthusiasm for the outdoors and fosters a love for the natural resources our area has to offer,” said Flick. “Also, this event helps promote healthy activities for kids that are beneficial for their physical and mental health, as well as creates stronger bonds with family and our community.”

Beginning anglers will be teamed up with a mentor and provided a fishing pole, courtesy of Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, as well as hook and bait courtesy of Winner Hardware. Youngsters, ages 4-6, will have the opportunity to learn the basics of fishing via a Velcro fishing pool, coloring books and fun activities, coordinated by members of the local Trout Unlimited chapter.

“I thank Rep. Flick and his staff as well as my team at the city for coordinating a fantastic opportunity for all of us – my son and myself included – to learn the basics of fishing and hopefully create a lifelong love of this sport,” said Slaughter. “As the City of Williamsport and Lycoming County being the gateway to the Pennsylvania Wilds, it is my hope that this event encourages more folks living in the city to take advantage of the natural resources and amenities we have right here in our own backyard.”

The event partners will host short clinics and activity stations at the beginning of the event on habitat and conservation, how to tie knots, casting, and fishing etiquette. Representatives from the Clean Water Institute at Lycoming College will host a clinic about the ecology of trout in Lycoming Creek at 1 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided. A food truck will be on-site from noon to 2 p.m.

Fishing permits are required for this event. To purchase a voluntary youth license, visit huntfish.pa.gov.

Event partners include Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, City of Williamsport, Trout Unlimited Susquehanna Chapter, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Lycoming College Clean Water Institute, Seneca Resources and Winner Hardware.

Representative Jamie Flick
83rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Huntre Keip