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Kids enjoy the outdoors by casting a line

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:53:49 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 26 2013 07:13:29 PM CST
GENOA, Wis. -- -

Hundreds of kids and their parents cast a line and tried their luck at catching a fish on Saturday.

About 300 people took part in the Kids Ice Fishing Event at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery.

Families were provided with the tools and guidance to learn how to cut holes in the ice and then bait their lines.

Each family was allowed to take up to three fish home.

Organizers say the free event is important because it gives children a taste of the outdoors.

We're paying it forward so to speak where the next generation of kids will enjoy the environment and hopefully help preserve it for the generation after them," said Genoa National Fish Hatchery manager Doug Aloisi.

The event also included instruction and safety tips on ice fishing.

It was hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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