Youth Fishing Day Hooks Over 200 students in the Twin Cities Metro Area
Students Learn About Fishing Ethics and Safety
May 16, 2013
Regional Director Tom Melius exchanges fishing experiences and wisdom with a student at Youth Fishing Day at the Bass Ponds in Bloomington, MN. USFWS Photo.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's annual Kid's Fishing Day at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was held at the Bass Ponds in Bloomington, MN on Friday, May 10th. The Bass Ponds are an extension of the refuge itself. Elementary Students from all over the metro area came to the Bass Ponds to learn about fishing and fishing safety. Each group of students traveled around the bass ponds stopping at different stations to learn something new about fishing. Stations included: pond ecology and aquatic jeopardy, fishing ethics and "Leave no Trace", fish ID, nature journals, fish filleting, fish bandannas water safety and don't rock the boat, stream hike and birding, learning to cast, and finally open fishing. Over 230 students participated in the day and a handful of bullheads were caught by the newly trained fishers, with the highlight being the catch of a northern pike. The Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tom Melius also came out to meet the students and shared his fishing knowledge with a few of them in the open fishing area. Students were supported by staff from the schools, volunteers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff. For more photos of Youth Fish Day, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmidwest/sets/72157633485138707/
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