Every year, the state puts out a casting call for children who want to learn how to fish.
"Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" is a national program that started in 1986. A Florida teenager said he was faced with those two choices and picked fishing, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Web site.
Maryland adopted the program three years later.
It's held five days a week, three hours a day.
"Participants learn about watersheds, fishing techniques, freshwater ecology, food webs and local environmental issues," the DNR's Web site says. "Emphasis is given to safety, angler ethics, knot tying, casting, catch and release, and fish identification."
Donna Fahres, an angler education coordinator in the DNR's Watershed Services division, said the free program is great for children with no fishing background and no one in their family to help them learn.