Branson, MO. -- A fun family activity is now free in Branson. Kids can go fishing at Eiserman Park, free-of-charge on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.
Kim Sill brought her two grandchildren out to the park for a fun day of fishing.
"We like to do a lot of stuff together, we like to do outdoor stuff together," Sill said.
Her granddaughter Charlotte chose to go fishing with grandma and her little brother for her seventh birthday. She's certainly starting to get the hang of the sport.
"Once your hook starts shaking, you reel it in," Charlotte said.
Assistant Director of Branson Parks and Recreation Jason Reinsch says fishing is a skill that will last a life-time.
"Just to form that initial love for fishing and then, hopefully, they move on to bigger and better things, as well," Reinsch said.
Fish have always lived in the two ponds at Eiserman Park, but the ponds have been freshly stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation with 150 hybrid bluegill.
Fishing equipment is also available for free for kids to use. Reinsch says poles and tackle is provided for through their partnership with MDC.
Families can check it out for daily use at the community center, during business hours. Bait is not provided.
"Obviously, as recreation people, we want to make sure we provide an opportunity for everybody," Reinsch said.
He says the youth fishing program is a great way for anyone to try their hand at a timeless Ozarks tradition.
"It's definitely part of the culture of this area," Reinsch said.
The fishing is catch-and-release only. Kids 15 and under do not need a permit.