Organizers hope to increase interest in fishing and develop conservation ethics in a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts with Jackson’s annual Kids Fishing Day.
Kids ages 13 and younger are invited to participate in the 30th annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday at Rendezvous Park near Wilson.
The pond will be stocked, as always, with plenty of Snake River cutthroat trout for the young anglers to catch and learn from.
“Here on the Snake River and the Upper Snake River headwaters, we have one of the most intact native cutthroat trout populations,” said Jared Baecker, executive director of the Snake River Fund. “By giving families and kids the opportunity to catch those native fish at a place like R Park ... hopefully it will inspire them to love the fish and encourage them to think about how they can participate in protecting them.”
Children and their families will learn which species of trout swim in local waters, how to bait a hook and “the joys of being outdoors,” Baecker said.
The event has been scaled down to accommodate COVID-19 guidelines.
“We will be there from 10 a.m. till noon,” said Rob Gipson, regional fisheries supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, “and we’ll hand out fishing rods to people that come, and we’ll still have … the full set-up for a fishing rod. We’ll have worms there, too, and the kids can fish as long as they want.”
The big differences this year are that there will be no lunch provided and no hands-on learning sessions. Volunteers will still be on hand to help bait hooks and untangle lines if needed.
Saturday, June 5, will also be Gipson’s last day of work before he retires from Game and Fish.
“I can’t think of a more fitting last day,” Gipson said. “I look forward to it every year, so it’s a great way to go out.”