The National Forests of North Carolina will sponsor a series of "Kids Fishing Days" on each ranger district to teach kids about fishing. The first event open to the public is on May 19 and will take place right here in the High Country.

A Kids Fishing Day will happen on the Boone Fork Pond in the Grandfather Ranger District starting at 10am Saturday May 19th.

The Kids Fishing Days allow children ages 15 years and younger to fish for free, although some events are extremely popular and may adjust age and creel limits or stagger fishing time to insure participant safety.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. No experience is needed to participate.

Volunteers and employees from the U.S. Forest Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will provide free fishing assistance and loaned equipment. Kids will be educated on how to use a rod and reel, as well as how to bait a hook. No fishing license is required at this event. A free lunch will be provided to all participants.

For more information about this Saturday's event, call 828-652-2144.