Organizers hope to increase interest in fishing and develop conservation ethics in a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts at Jackson’s annual Kids Fishing Day.
Kids 13 and younger are invited to participate in the 30th annual Kids Fishing Day event 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.”
During most years the ponds of R Park are teeming with kids and their families learning which species of trout swim in our waters, how to bait a hook and “the joys of being outdoors,” Baecker said.
The event has been scaled down to accommodate COVID guidelines.
“We will be there from 10 a.m til noon, 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,” said Rob Gipson, the regional fish supervisor for Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
The big differences this year is that there will be no lunch provided, and no hands-on learning sessions for the kids. Volunteers will still be on hand to help bait hooks and untangle lines if needed.
June 5 will also be Gipon’s last day of work before he retiresfrom the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
“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.”
“Hopefully it will inspire them to love the fish.” — Jared Baecker snake river fund