Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting several free fishing clinics for boys and girls in the lower Arkansas River Valley. The Las Animas event will take place April 26.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting several free fishing clinics for boys and girls in the lower Arkansas River Valley. The events are for children under 16 years of age and will cover tips and tricks for all kinds of fishing. Participants will also learn about types of flies and lures, water safety, fish identification and strategies for catching more fish.

A limited number of free fishing rods and fishing tackle will be available at each event, but those with fishing equipment are encouraged to bring their own.

See below for the schedule of fishing clinics:

April 18 at Midwest Farms SWA, between Holly and Granada, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

April 24 at Shalberg Pond, Sheridan Lake, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

April 26 at Leonard Hudnall Pond, Las Animas, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

May 2 at Turk's Pond, South of Two Buttes, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

May 3 at Jackson's Pond, Eads, Noon - 4 p.m.

May 16 at North Gateway Park, Lamar, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

May 23 at La Junta City Pond, La Junta, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Sept. 12 at La Junta City Pond, La Junta, Noon - 3 p.m.

No registration is required. Anyone 16 years or older who wishes to fish after the events will need a valid fishing license. Fishing is limited to children only during the event. Participants should bring snacks, water, a lawn chair, sunscreen and hat.

For more information call (719) 336-6600.