MAMMOTH SPRING – -As the ancient Chinese proverb goes, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

But, why not teach them young?

At the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Jim Hinkle Spring River Hatchery at Mammoth Spring, children will be able to do just that with several outdoor fishing activities this summer that are free.

The hatchery’s annual fishing derby from 8 a.m. to noon June 8 and is open to children 15 years old and younger.  

Meanwhile, the hatchery’s summer youth fishing program called “Fishing Friday’s” will begin June 21 and continue June 28, July 5 and July 12 from 9 to 11 a.m..

This event is open to youth 6 to 15 years old.

Adult supervision is required for both programs.

For more information, contact 1-877-625-7521.