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Youth fishing camp gives hands-on experience to Pecatonica fishers.

Bass fishing

PECATONICA (WREX) — A few youth fishers hit the pond at the River Center Building at the ICF Torstenson Property Friday Afternoon.

The experienced fishers ten years of age or older attended the week-long camp and got to learn how to build their own spinning lures from scratch, the importance of knot-tying, practiced casting and of course, fishing.

"By Wednesday, of course, we were fishing," Becky Gorken, University of Illinois Extension 4-H and Youth Development Coordinator said.

"It's what the kids wanted to do."

Each of the ten students that attended the camp got the opportunity to bait the hook, cast the line and reel in a fish.

After a successful week on the pond, Gorken says she is excited to bring back the camp next year along with bringing back shows in 2021.

"Our shows are gonna be in person this year." She said.

"They won't look the same as they did in 2019 due to COVID restrictions, but it's good to have the kids back in person."

Ethan Wiles

Ethan Wiles is a 13 WREX Quintern. Ethan started as a Quintern in the spring of 2021 after graduating from NIU where he majored in journalism with a minor in communications.

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