Angling for the 12th Annual Blind/Visually Impaired Children’s Fishing Adventure

. May 1, 2016.

The Sylvania Sunrise Lions Club together with Merickel-Farley Trout Club, is sponsoring the 12th Annual Blind/Visually Impaired Children’s Fishing Adventure. The free event, held on Saturday, May 14, from 9am to 1pm (rain or shine) at the Trout Club, located off Airport Highway, ½ mile west of Toledo Express Airport. Registration and release forms are required. Siblings are welcome to attend, and only children may fish.

Keep It Reel

Children can catch a mercury-free rainbow trout, brown trout, or bluegill from the filtered lake. “The awesome members of the Merickel-Farley Trout Club volunteer their time, talents, fishing poles and bait so our blind/visually impaired kids can fish on their own, with assistance as needed … They get to catch as many fish as they want and take up to four fish home,” Michelle Ballard, SSLC member and event organizer explained. Trout Club members will clean and bag the fish and pack it on ice so kids can take it home for dinner.

Off-the-hook Fun

Providing a lunch of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, the goal is to promote a fun learning experience for blind/visually impaired children and their families. “It’s a great day for kids and parents. Some of the kids have never fished, or even felt a fish, for that matter,” said Ballard enthusiastically. 

Think Safety

Every child is required to be accompanied by an adult, personally responsible for them.  Fishing will take place from a gently sloping, grassy bank. The event is rain or shine.


9am-1pm | Saturday, May 14.
Please contact Michelle Ballard
at 419-787-5752 or
to register for the event and for more information.