Kids Fishing Day chance get youth hooked on angling

JACKSON HOLE WYO – Kids up to 13 years old are invited to “get hooked on fishing” at the 29th annual Jackson Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, June 1.

Kids Fishing Day 2018 in R Park. (Courtesy R Park)

The annual event is hosted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department along with several partners and volunteers. It will feature many free activities including a waiving of any fishing license for that day. In Jackson, Kids Fishing Day takes place at Rendezvous Park (“R” Park) near Wilson from 10:30am to 2:00pm.

“We’re happy to be partnering with the folks at R Park for the fourth year,” said Wyoming Game and Fish Jackson Fish Biologist Diana Miller. “The park has proved to be a great setting with room for kids to spread out with easy access along the shoreline making it ideal for beginning anglers, and lots of fish were caught the past few years.”

The pond at R Park is being stocked with hundreds of Snake River cutthroat trout and there will be an array of educational activities including:

  • Fish anatomy and biology
  • Watercraft safety
  • Identifying different types of fish habitat, their food (aquatic insects), and aquatic invasive species
  • Fish passage obstacle course

“I continue to volunteer for this event because I really believe in providing quality outdoor opportunities for our youth,” says long-time Kids Fishing Day volunteer Joe Burke. “Plus, it’s pretty gratifying seeing all the kids having so much fun.”

Located at the intersection of Highway 22 and the Teton Village Road (4270 River Springs Drive, Wilson), registration will begin at 10:30am. Enjoy a free hotdog lunch served by the Jackson Hole Lions Club at noon followed by fishing in the pond.

Kids will be able to keep their equipment at the end of the day due to a generous Jackson Hole One Fly Foundation grant. Activities will conclude at 2:00pm but kids are welcome to fish on their own after the event. Participants are urged to use alternative forms of transportation to attend, such as START Bus or the community pathway system.

Saturday, June 1, is also Free Fishing Day across the state of Wyoming, when anyone may fish without a fishing license or Conservation Stamp. However, all limits and other fishing regulations still apply. More details on Free Fishing Day are listed in the Wyoming fishing regulations booklet and on the Wyoming Game and Fish website.

There are Kids Fishing Day events held across Wyoming in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week.

Adult volunteers are always needed to help out at the event and can serve as “fishing guides” for the kids. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, contact Wyoming Game and Fish Jackson Region Fish Supervisor Rob Gipson at the Jackson Game and Fish office at 307-733-2321.

“This truly is quite the group effort with many volunteers and generous sponsors who donate both time and money to make this event such a success each year,” said Gipson. “We couldn’t do it without them.”

Got one! Kids Fishing Day 2018 at R Park. (R Park)

In Afton

Kids Fishing Day in Pinedale. (WGFD)

An additional Kids Fishing Day event will also be offered in Afton at the Valley View Golf Course Pond behind the Mountain Inn. This event is hosted by the Bridger-Teton US Forest Service, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and the Star Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited from 9am to 1pm with a free hot dog lunch and an appearance by Smokey Bear.

Kids will be able to keep their equipment at the end of the day due to a generous Jackson Hole One Fly Foundation grant.

In Pinedale

Kids Fishing Day in Pinedale will take place at the CCC Ponds three miles north of Pinedale. Parents are invited to come and share in the fun and maybe learn a thing or two themselves.

There will be short educational activities, lunch and the opportunity to catch rainbow trout, grayling, and brown trout in the pond. Some fishing gear and worms will be available if needed. The entire event is free of charge.

All kids age 13 and under are invited to participate in this event. Registration is from 9:45 to 10:10am at the CCC Ponds parking area. The event will start promptly at 10:10am, so everyone is encouraged to be on time.

To get there, take the road to Lakeside Lodge at Fremont Lake and follow the signs for CCC Ponds. The local Trout Unlimited chapter will provide a free hotdog and hamburger lunch. The event will conclude at 2:00pm, but kids are welcome to stay and fish at their leisure.

Topics for the educational activities typically include fish identification, fly and spin-casting, fish anatomy, and fish habitat.

“The kids seem to enjoy the fish anatomy and fly casting stations the most,” says Pinedale Fish Supervisor and event coordinator Hilda Sexauer.

To learn more about the event contact Hilda Sexauer, Pete Cavalli, or Darren Rhea at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department at 307-367-4353.

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