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US Fish & Wildlife Service FieldNotes
NEVADA FWO: Connecting Children With Nature— Kids Fishing Derby
Region 8, May 1, 2007
Children weigh their fish at the Kids Fishing Derby. (USFWS Photo)
Children weigh their fish at the Kids Fishing Derby. (USFWS Photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Jeannie Stafford, Nevada FWO
During the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fishing Week , the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office (NFWO) joined the communities of Minden and Gardnerville for an annual Kids Fishing Derby.  The Nevada communities have sponsored this popular fishing derby for the past 18 years.  The fun-filled event teaches children not only how to fish, providing equipment and mentoring, it also provides a heightened opportunity for each child to come away with “the big one”.  

Since the beginning of the event, the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery (Hatchery), located in Gardnerville, Nevada, has contributed fish to this event.   This year, the Hatchery provided approximately 1,000 tagged threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) averaging 17 inches in length.  To add to the excitement, children lucky enough to hook one of these big fish were awarded special prizes for catching a tagged fish.

The event has become so popular over the years, organizers had to limit it to 2,600 children between the ages of three and 12 and 300 volunteers.  The derby attracts families and children not only from the local community but from other communities in Nevada and California as well.  

In addition to providing LCT, NFWO employees helped children bait hooks, perfect fishing techniques, weighed,  measured and cleaned fish, and helped with registration and t-shirt sales.   The employees took great delight in participating in this worth-while event that has the potential to influence future fishermen in the years to come.

 

Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov