Staff Photo: John Bohn Rich Vang, 10, of Winder, walks out of the Chattahoochee River with a string of five trout during Kids Fishing Day, held at Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners on Saturday. Children and their parents fished for trout in the shallow waters of the Chattahoochee River.
PEACHTREE CORNERS -- Hundreds of kids and families kicked off their summer during Kids Fishing Day at Jones Bridge Park on Saturday.
With the Chattahoochee River stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout the morning of the event, the day was filled with hundreds of excited faces as they caught a fish.
"It's fun to be out here catching fish," said Daren Liu, 9. "I had to wait a long time before I caught my fish, but I still had fun."
The event was in partnership with Gwinnett County Parks and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, among others.
For Duluth resident Jonathan Hunter, bringing his 2-year-old son Patrick was good quality time for the pair.
"Patrick's my buddy and he loves to fish," Hunter said. "I cast the line and he reels the fish in.
"It's just fun spending that time with him. I love every moment I get with him. And when you add in the outdoors and the beautiful weather, it makes it that much better."
Atlanta resident Mike Laurent said bringing his kids Ava, 8, and Eli, 5, was a chance to instill his love of fishing into them.
"Any chance I get to fish, I'm all for it," he said. "They had fun out there fishing."
Laurent did add they didn't catch any fish, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.
"We just didn't get a bite," he said. "We saw a lot of other people pulling trout out. That's the way it goes with fishing sometimes."
Hunter said the event also gave his wife a break.
"She's at home with her feet up relaxing. She's enjoying the peace and quiet," he said.
Regardless of the reasons people came out, most seemed to enjoy the morning out on the water.
"It's definitely something we'll come back to next year," Laurent said. "You can't beat this atmosphere and the time with family."