The pond was stocked and the lines were cast.
The Oxford Fish and Game Club held its 29th annual Children’s Fishing Day at Zenda Pond on Sunday.
Children 16 and under were invited to participate in the free event where they could learn the ins and outs of fishing in a friendly setting.
The club stocked the pond with over 100 rainbow trout for the kids to catch.
Doug Ross, president of conservation for the Oxford Fish and Game Club, explained that the event was a way to give children a great place to get interested in fishing.
“It will help them to go fishing with brothers, family or whatever in a different place which might be a little more difficult.”
The weather was on the fishermen’s side for the event as the sun was shining on the pond and the bugs were at a minimum.
While around 50 kids took part in the event in 2017, this year has been a bit slower, but Ross said the kids were having fun which was the goal.
This year was the first time that Kep Crawley participated. He took his two daughters to the pond, as well as two of his friend’s children.
“It’s Mother’s Day, so we take the kids away from Mum, give her a little break,” he said.
Crawley said he has been fishing his entire life and sees the event at Zenda Pond as a chance to introduce the hobby to his children.
“It’s the perfect opportunity because it’s small. Maybe they’ll turn pro – hopefully someday, ”he joked.
After the children’s tour, the pond will be open to any licensed fisherman.