Learn-to-Fish program changes for 2019

The Learn-to-Fish Program is a memorial program to the late Brent McKown (1935-2001), who was an avid fisherman all his life in both Warren and Chautauqua counties.

McKown also loved to help children learn to fish and enjoy the great outdoors.

The program began in 2002 in his memory to provide young people the opportunity to learn about fishing and the necessary starting equipment.

Beginning this year, the program is changing slightly for a variety of reasons.

This year, it will be providing area teens, ages 16 to 18, with resident Pennsylvania fishing licenses and trout stamps. On Tuesday, April 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., program hosts will be at the Walmart, 2901 Market Street, Warren, to purchase resident Pennsylvania fishing licenses and trout stamps until funds are depleted.

This is for 16-to-18-year-olds only.

Driver’s licenses or social security cards are required as identification for the purchase of Pennsylvania fishing licenses and trout stamps, so please come prepared. Participants are asked to meet at the Walmart sporting goods counter.

Hosts are able to extend this free purchasing program to area youth due to the financial help of area organizations, businesses, and friends and family of Brent McKown.

Donations to the program are needed annually and can be arranged by calling (814) 489-3110.