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Forest Service offers youth fishing event

May 20, 2012 Staff

Young anglers will have a chance to try their luck at fishing and learn about their environment when the Shoshone National Forest participates in two fishing clinics at Cody and Dubois.

The events will help celebrate National Fishing Week, which is the first week in June, and National Get Outdoors Day on June 9.

"The theme of National Fishing Week is 'Take a Kid Fishing.' Get Outdoors Day is to get kids outdoors and have fun," forest fisheries biologist Ray Zubik said in a press release.

"These fishing clinics are a great opportunity to get kids out of the house and introduce them to a lifelong outdoor sport," Zubik said.

The Dubois clinic will be at the Scout Pond facility on the Wind River Ranger District near the Horse Creek Station on June 9.

Each clinic has a fishing education session in the morning that usually includes various topics such as casting, knot tying, handling and processing fish, building and maintaining a stream and aquatic invasive species prevention.

Lunch is provided for the kids through local donations.

The late morning and early afternoon consist of on-the-water fishing with assistance for those who need it and donated prizes for all the kids at the end of the clinics.

Kids are asked to bring their own fishing gear and bait, if they have it. Some gear and bait will be available for those who need it. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

"Everyone learns and wins something," Zubik said. "This is a great time to get outdoors and teach kids about their environment and taking care of the land and water. And we get to meet the parents and local groups in an upbeat, positive community atmosphere."

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