Outdoors notebook: Lunchtime fishing is back with Venture Outdoors

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If you work Downtown, don't have the fish for lunch.

Go fishing.

The Venture Outdoors TriAnglers program is back, bringing lunchtime fishing to the North Shore. New host Nik Brown sets up shop 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays outside PNC Park near the Sixth Street Bridge and Kayak Pittsburgh. Rods and live bait are provided, or bring your own gear. Day passes are $8, season passes $30 ($5, $20 season for Venture Outdoors members). State license requirements, sizes and creel limits apply. Details at 412-255-0564.

"We can accommodate everyone from families to senior citizens, beginners to experienced anglers," said Brown. "We encourage folks to stop by during their lunch break one day a week to get a break from the office and get outside."

Venture Outdoors Fest

No fishing license required, rods and bait provided during the Venture Outdoors Festival, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17 at Point State Park, Downtown. The free event is a sampler of outdoors activities including wall climbing, kayaking, dragon boating, biking, fishing and more. Details at www.ventureoutdoors.org.

Family fishing

The state Fish and Boat Commission provides the rods, tackle and bait, waives license requirements and shows you how it's done at a Family Fishing Festival 2-6 p.m. May 17 at North Park's Mars Pavilion, Pearce Mill Road, Allison Park. Trout Unlimited mentors will help beginners with fly casting, line management and fly selection and encourage catch and release.

Executive director John Arway said the idea is to teach families how to fish prior to the state's 2014 Fish-for-Free Days, Memorial Day, May 26, and Independence Day, July 4.

"Through the events, former and new anglers can try fishing at no cost," Arway said, in a written statement. "We know that once people try it, particularly kids, they will see that fishing is a great recreational activity and they will want to do it more."

Crappie contest

On May 3, Robert E. Wilhite of Prospect and Lucas Wilhite of Slippery Rock shared first place and a $1,000 purse for landing 7 pounds 4 ounces of crappies in the Pymatuning Lake Association Crappie Tournament. The event lunker was a 1-pound 13.2-ouncer boated by Kevin O'Rourke of North Tonawanda, N.Y. and James L. Janese of Youngstown, N.Y.

Kayak fishing

Noah Heck will talk about bass fishing from a kayak at the Wednesday meeting of the Tri-County Trout Club. 7:30 p.m. Burrell Lake Park, Fisher Hall, 724-335-2679.

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