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STOCKTON FWO: Annual Isleton Kid’s Fishing Derby Huge Success
California-Nevada Offices , June 1, 2013
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DJFMP staff, Greg Nelson, applies a fish tattoo to Eric Swepston.
DJFMP staff, Greg Nelson, applies a fish tattoo to Eric Swepston. - Photo Credit: USFWS

DJFMP Staff, Kate Erly and Greg Nelson, demonstrate beach seine sampling.
DJFMP Staff, Kate Erly and Greg Nelson, demonstrate beach seine sampling. - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Greg Nelson

The usually quiet and calm residence of the Swepston family in Isleton, California was the scene of much excitement when hundreds of local families were invited to participate in the eighth annual Isleton Kid’s Fishing Derby, held on June 1, 2013.

 Located along on the Sacramento River, the event was jointly hosted by the Isleton chapter of the California Striped Bass Association and the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. The event proved to be an excellent opportunity for numerous organizations to educate local youths on safe and fun recreational opportunities through exciting hands on activities as well as providing natural resource information to people of all ages.

The Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office’s Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program (DJFMP) provided informational displays, brochures, fish tattoos, beach seining demonstrations, a live fish viewing tank and other hands on activities to visitors attending the event. Other popular activities at the event included a trout fishing pond, striped bass fishing on the Sacramento River, and a bounce house. Prizes, donated by local companies, were awarded at the close of the day over grilled hotdogs and ice cold watermelon.

Prizes included new bicycles, gift certificates and fishing equipment to the boy and girl with the first catch of the day, the largest catch of the day, as well as other various door prize drawings. However, the best prize of all, as any fisherman will tell you, was taking home the trophy of fresh trout.

With the close of another successful Kid’s Fishing Derby, every family could been seen, fish in hand, smiling as they walked away. The event also helped to strengthen ties between the DJFMP, the local community, and the owner of our long-term sampling site at Isleton.

Greg Nelson is a biological science technician at the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office in Lodi, California.


Contact Info: Jerrica Lewis, 209-334-2968 ext 328, Jerrica_Lewis@fws.gov



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