This weekend, Harrisburg residents can cast a line and hope for a catch in an Uptown lake.
On Oct. 2, the city and the Civic Club of Harrisburg will host a day of fishing at Italian Lake Park, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).
The lake is usually off limits to fishing. However, the city will lift the restriction from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to allow experienced and beginner anglers to cast a line. The event will take place in the southern pond, near the bandshell.
“It’s a chance to let our youth experience things that they haven’t before,” said Dave Baker, director of the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department. “It’s an educational event.”
Fishing equipment and bait will be provided. However supplies are limited, so Baker encouraged those who have their own equipment to bring it.
The PFBC will provide a basic skills demonstration at the top of each hour for those who are new to the sport.
“When you see a kid catch a fish, no matter how big or small it is, they get so amped up about it,” Baker said. “That’s the most exciting thing ever. You don’t forget those moments.”
According to Baker, there are plenty of fish in the pond. However, he doesn’t know all the types of fish that people may catch, as the lake contains many invasive species.
To help decrease the population of invasive species, Baker said, the PFBC is encouraging people to keep the fish they catch, as long as they are above the legal size.
Participants do not need a fishing license for the event.
Pre-registration for the event has already closed. However, Baker said that people can register on the day of the event.
Parking for the event is available on 3rd and Division streets. There is no parking permitted along Parkside Lane or within the park area.
Italian Lake Park is located at N. 3rd and Division streets. For more information, visit the Harrisburg Bureau of Parks and Recreation’s website.
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